Reddit has allegedly hired a pedophile sympathizer as an admin, allowed them to abuse their power to keep their name and history off Reddit, and appears to be lying to cover it up. We stand in solidarity with everyone demanding answers and accountability.
Here’s a brief rundown of what is alleged with links:
A moderator of r/ukpolitics linked to an article from the Spectator, which “contained a three-word mention, in passing, of a minor British public figure, expelled from both the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party” (not knowing this was a Reddit admin)
The moderator was permanently suspended for “doxxing”
That modteam later discovered that Reddit had hired this individual from the article, and therefore considered it doxxing.
That modteam shutdown their subreddit in protest which got a lot of attention and eventually resulted in the unbanning of the moderator.
Reddit has allegedly banned people and removed links sitewide regarding this matter.
Reddit responded by allegedly lying about an automated process removing a link to hide the fact that an admin removed it manually. Be sure to read the comments. They’re illuminating.
That’s bad enough, but it gets worse.
This admin is allegedly married to a literal, self-admitted pedophile who writes sex stories about kids. (tweet)
This admin allegedly hired her father as elections agent after he was charged for holding a 10 year old girl captive in his “torture den” where he electrocuted her while playing out his sadomasochistic fantasies (“subjected the child to a campaign of abuse which included tying her from a beam, whipping her and giving her electric shocks.”). He was later convicted and sentenced to 20 years. Please forgive me not linking or naming this person to avoid my account’s termination.
This admin started off as just a volunteer moderator for child/teen-focused subreddits before becoming a Reddit employee.
Since this has all gone down, subreddits across the site have gone private to demand the Reddit admins address the issue of allegedly hiring and protecting a pedophile sympathizer and enabler while abusing their own power to hide this fact.
Where do we go from here?
Yesterday I posted a less detailed thread for a short period polling the userbase of this subreddit regarding shutting our subreddit in solidarity with the other subs. It has since been removed because it crossed the line from explaining allegations to making claims. However the initial response was seemingly unanimous and strongly in favor of shutting down.
After a lengthy discussion with u/AnnArchist, we came to the joint agreement that we would issue this statement of solidarity with the subreddits that have shut down and demand that Reddit’s admins address the facts as alleged above.
Because we are not your rulers and only janitors on your behalf, with your permission we plan to wait until 3PM Eastern Daylight Time today to see if Reddit’s admins address these concerns to the satisfaction of the site’s moderators and our userbase. We acknowledge that context could be added and that Reddit’s admins may well not have known the history of this person they hired. We don’t want to disrupt the important work of this sub without good cause and prudent deliberation.
If that does not occur, assuming our userbase consents, we plan to make this subreddit private in full solidarity with the other subreddits until that condition is met.
Please feel free to give your feedback in this thread and upvote comments that represent your feelings on the matter. We will read every comment.
tl;dr It’s not long, read it.
Relevant links with additional information:
I edited once to add the word “allegedly” to 2 spots I had missed initially.
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society