Reddit, an internet social news aggregator based in San Francisco, has recently had a monster leak from their moderator chatroom. It is purported that this leak came from a disgruntled user, who dumped the contents of the whole #modleak channel to pro-gamer media. This leak entails a lengthy chat log which captured conversations from September 15th 2013 to February 17th 2015. The leaked chats vary from seemingly jovial discussions to argumentative discussions.
The rise of Reddit
Reddit has grown from a small Digg-clone to a Behemoth household name on the Internet. According to Alexa statistics, Reddit is the 10th most popular site in the United States and the 25th most popular site in the World. The statistics even get more astonishing with the fact that Reddit gets ~150 million unique views a month with over ~1.6 million active logged in users.
The craziest part of Reddit is that the subreddits are mostly managed by volunteers. This has let the website ignore hiring personnel to maintain the ebb and flow of the website, but at a costly price: Reddit has had a multitude of moderator and admin scandals over the years.
One such incident involved user “/violentacrez/”, who was infamous for starting the subreddit “r/jailbait/” where users would converse on their attraction to pubescent girls who aren’t of legal age. Other subreddits maintained by this user include “r/beatingwomen/”, which is self-explanatory, and “r/creepshots/”, where users would take unsuspecting pictures of women in public and encourage other people to do the same for sexual pleasure. That led the website to be publicly denounced by Anderson Cooper on a nationally televised CNN program.
Reddit has claimed to clean up problematic moderators and other nefarious behavior, yet a stench still emanates from the moderators. Reddit mods are like a corrupt police force who talk about policing their own, but the private leaked chats shared below disapprove of that notion. The Reddit Internal Review Board hasn’t done their job in shutting down the corruption of Reddit moderators.
The chat logs reveal corruption present in /r/Games, one of Reddit’s largest subreddits with nearly 2 million page views a month:
Here is a chatlog of /r/Gaming mods talking about filtering the submission of new threads. Any of these words in the title will trigger the auto-delete function. Notice the high anti gamer-gate slant in the mod list. The biggest gaming subreddit has been caught red-handed trying to stifle gamergate.
Reddit mods conferring that women who don’t tout the line of feminism are attention whores.
Reddit moderator BipolarBear admits to corrupt practices:
Reddit mods thinking that every member of “r/KotakuInAction/” is anti feminist instead of anti corruption.
There are many more parts of the leaked chats over here. The powers that be of Reddit have proven to be corrupt ideologues of the highest caliber. Even so, the moderators are volunteer based and still act like Mexican police. Imagine the amount of transactional corruption that has not yet been uncovered. The miserly Reddit power structure has transformed moderating one of the biggest websites on the planet to what turns out to be a high school Mean Girls affair.