Reddit Subreddit R/Cryptocurrency To Only Allow Contents From Whitelisted Sources
Subreddit r/cryptocurrency To Only Allow Contents From Whitelisted Sources
r/cryptocurrency became a popular destination for crypto enthusiasts on Reddit after r/bitcoin started to censor their contents and pushing Bitcoin as their main agenda. However, it seems that they have taken a step further and now allow only a handful of sources to be posted on their subreddit.
This situation arose when someone called Samsung Galaxy Player became a mod last year. He posted saying:
“All link posts must be to pre-approved sources. This is only a test, and we are doing everything we can to make the transition as seamless as possible. We would like your help to make sure we have an appropriate list of sources before the go-live date. We also want to make sure the community is aware of these new expectations. The test will run for approximately one week. We will closely evaluate the frontpage posts, participation, and community sentiment over this time period.”
You can view the list of approved sources here. However, if you are trying to moderate the content using a Whitelist method, you better make sure that the list is extensive. Although you might fall in a situation where the sources that you approve might only reflect your biases. Let's take for example two sources that they have allowed; United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as Aljazeera. These are heavily ideological based media outlets and shows the political leaning of the mods.
Since there are obvious censorship concerns, the only option the moderators have is to make the white-list the only link posts an option. Allow users to filter non-whitelisted link posts but don't make it a hard set requirement for every post. The unfiltered posts can and do sometimes give an outlook on how the community is behaving. More options are better and serve all purposes. The only reason not to do it this way would be strictly censorship. Every day it is something new.
To these criticisms, one of the mods, millerb7 replied by saying:
“We aren't going to be adding a sticky “that there's censorship”…. but we do plan to keep the list public for all to see. The list will be a living thing as well. If whitelisted sites violate the rules they will be removed, new sites can apply at any time. We actually do have requirements in place, they don't really work with how many accounts are being purchased lately. As far as the “hide the vote buttons unless” thing, we actually do that as well, but it's all so easily overwritten by folks and you can still vote….. Also, this is a trial. We do have some mods that are not 100% in love with this idea as well.”
We have to wait and see how the test period goes and how the drama unfolds. Looking at the past records of similar instances, we can sure hope to be watching this is going to be entertaining.