Reddit embarked on a purge of violence-advocating content today, the targets generally being Nazis and their friends, but also at least one animal abuse subreddit and one targeting white people.
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The newly banned and removed pages include r/NationalSocialism, r/Nazi, r/whitesarecriminals and r/far_right.
Reddit's new policy says: "Do not post content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people."
Ever since I read Michael Pollan's advice to avoid any food whose packaging makes any nutritional claims, I've been a happy man -- but never so much so as I realize that this rule means I would never fall prey to the latest shitty scam from the Quaker oats people. Read the rest
r/The_Donald, before: "Fuck the travel ban, forced deportation. 1 week or 10 years in jail. GTFO." After: "Antifa? This smells like a false flag. Research this." Read the rest
Right-wing clones of mainstream social media are ten-a-penny. But now the left's getting in on the action, too. Behold Raddle, a "leftist alternative to Reddit" founded after some intra-left drama spiralled out of control (plus ca change) and ended with site-wide bans. [via Metafilter] Read the rest
Papa-to-be and Serena Williams' sweetie Alexis Ohanian shared his favorite post from Reddit, the site he co-founded, on Tuesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Nope, it's not the one that shows the dog that looks like William H. Macy (though that's impressive).
It's a heartwarming one about a man whose vehicle broke down and, well, watch the clip.
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In this new video, John Green highlights his favorite quirky corners of Reddit, including Children Falling Over, Better Every Loop, Nature Is Fucking Lit, and the utterly delightful Birds With Arms:
[Photo submitted by Revenginator239]
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A GOP lawmaker swears he's not the notorious internet misogynist who said this... Read the rest
Students of Avondale High School in the Detroit neighborhood of Auburn, MI are currently sitting in in the hallways of their school to protest the announcement that 6 of their teachers were to be laid off. Read the rest
Jeromie Whalen is a technology teacher at Northampton High School who recently took over as the school yearbook advisor (one of the many cool projects he's done at his school); when he stepped into the role, he discovered with mounting horror that the school's yearbook contractor, the field-dominating Jostens Yearbook, was "literally a scam." Read the rest
Redditors' convention of tagging their sarcastic remarks is a dream come true for machine learning researchers hoping to teach computers to recognize and/or generate sarcasm. Read the rest
Over April Fool's weekend, Reddit introduced r/place, a blank canvas where users could add pixels of any color. It quickly emerged into an astonishing piece of collaborative digital art with several hard-fought battles to keep and erase certain elements. Read the rest
Song: Bag Raiders, 'Shooting Stars.' One Hour Version is here, and below. It's making me happy. Read the rest
R U A Dick is a single-serving website that performs sentiment analysis on your (or anyone's) Reddit account history. I was deemed "slightly positive." Here is my most positive sentence on Reddit.
And here is my most negative one.
The script can also be run on Subreddits and the creator maintains a leaderboard of the nicest ones. I Took A Picture has the highest total score; other notably positive subs include Cosplay, Penmanship and Tattoos. [via Reddit.]
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Every Monday I extract the top comments from the top posts of some of the most popular subreddits through the Reddit API. Each comment gets parsed into sentences and analyzed using the NLTK Sentiment Analyzer Vader Module which scores them based on how positive, negative, and neutral they are. Subreddits are ranked from most positive to least positive in the table below.
Uploaded by redditor Ins1der, who attributes it to Instagram user Cblimagery, an Indiana resident. Read the rest
Palmer Luckey is the founder of virtual reality tech firm Oculus, which was bought by Facebook for $2 billion. With a portion of his huge pile of Oculus cash, Luckey is funding a pro-Donald Trump “shitposting” tactical team that churns out racist, sexist, hatey anti-Hillary Clinton memes and works to make them go viral.
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