As some may be aware, I’ve been submitting recent posts to Reddit, and also Voat. I have been doing this to try and generate a few readers since I’ve recently returned to blogging. I had no intent on posting every blog to either platform, but I thought it may be possible a few people might bookmark my blog site.
This morning, I recieved this message from Reddit:
Okay, I admit, I did not read the rules. My intent was not to spam the site, but as I mentioned, to hopefully have my blog site become better known, especially in the r/atheism subreddit.
That’s not an excuse, and I probably should have read the rules before I started posting links (I posted a total of two, by the way). But honestly, who reads the rules? Maybe I’m the only one.
Reddit is the largest site of its type and has very little competition, just like Twitter and Facebook. A few years ago, I created an account at Voat, a competitor, albeit tiny, to Reddit.
I did this because of an uproar that Reddit itself started back in 2015 when in arbitrarily (it seemed) starting banning certain subreddits without notification. There was also an uproar over the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, who was Reddits director of talent.
People were genuinely asking, “WTF, Reddit?”. Thus began an exodus of some users, relatively small, from the platform.
We can see this today as Facebook is increasingly under fire from the media for the breaches of their security and users personal data being used by political campaigns in the 2016 election. I read daily about Facebook accounts being cancelled, but honestly, with over 1.4 billion active daily users worldwide, how are a few thousand, or even 100,000 deleted accounts going to affect them when they add 400 new profiles every minute.
This year, in fact in the last several days, Reddit has banned more subreddits. Of interest? Anything to do with what they refer to as gun transactions. They’ve banned some other subreddits as well, and of course, as a private company, they can allow or ban what they desire.
But this also is an argument against these large media companies when they seem to arbitrarily disallow some content without any prior notification.
Do we need the government to step in to regulate them? Congress especially are licking their lips hoping to be able to do just that. I personally don’t think Congress should be involved at all. These companies will rise and fall on their own.
We can, however, encourage competition. The best relief is just that and nothing else.