Around ten days ago — and without warning — Breitbart reported that a Reddit moderator lost his post for declaring his support for Donald Trump.
It is interesting that Jeffrey Minter, known on Reddit under the username /u/Kwiztas, had previously supported Hillary Clinton’s rival in the primaries:
I feel I was blindsided. This came out of nowhere. No one cared what I said when I supported Bernie. No one had issues with my activity then.
Officially, the Reddit moderating team said he had not been moderating his assigned subreddit actively enough. They also criticised this posting of his:
They don’t seem to mind that I support Trump… Now I might be in the minority so my say isn’t always listened to when rules are made.
And this one:
I try my hardest to make /r/Politics MAGA
MAGA is the acronym for Trump’s slogan Make America Great Again.
Another reason Reddit Moderators gave was Minter’s earlier interview to Breitbart, which was beyond the pale:
It’s long been suspected that /r/Politics looks upon Breitbart in an unfavourable way but this is the first time a connection with Breitbart has been used as a direct reason for demodding a user.
Minter’s girlfriend gave Breitbart a list of moderators involved in his ban. Some are clearly anti-GOP. One moderator, StrictScrunity told:
conservative users in /r/News to “shut the [censored] up” and that they “needed therapy”.
Another moderator, Qu1nlan, describes himself as a:
socialist, SJW [censored]
Breitbart points out the double standard between Minter’s accusers and Qu1nlan’s own postings, among them:
He posted to the anti-Trump subforum /r/EnoughTrumpSpam specifically speaking “as an /r/Politics mod” – a phrase that Minter was reprimanded for – while discussing “shills” i.e, people paid to post in favour of a particular presidential candidate.
Breitbart rightly calls this censorship:
The only difference between Minter’s actions and the other moderators is that he is a quiet supporter of Trump, while the rest support Clinton or third party candidates such as Jill Stein. There have been many claims of politically-motivated censorship in Reddit’s subforums which Breitbart has reported on previously. This is just the latest.
Qu1nlan denied allegations of censorship, saying:
All decisions we make, including adding and removing moderators, have nothing to do with any moderator’s political beliefs.
Censorship is alive and well, friends. It operates from the left-of-centre. If Hillary Clinton is elected, you can be sure it will be here to stay and get worse.