Reddit bans any skepticism of global warming.


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The certainty of the global warming crowd: Reddit bans everyone from expressing skepticism of global warming.

In a move that has been described by one British academic as “positive censorship”, a Reddit moderator has announced that Reddit is becoming “increasingly stringent with deniers”. The Reddit moderator says climate “contrarians” were too often expressing “uninformed and outspoken opinions”, and so the site decided to adopt a much more “proactive moderation”. Now, whenever a user makes a “potentially controversial submission” on climate change, the moderators issue that user with a “warning”. If the user persists in posting “potentially controversial submissions”, he’s “banned from the forum”.

The worst part of this is the reaction of Reddit’s moderators:

Reddit’s moderators are really happy with the results of their war against the expressers of “outspoken opinions” on climate change. They found that by “negating the ability of this misguided group to post to the forum” (a long-winded way of saying “banning them”), there has been a “change in the culture within the comments”. “Where once there were personal insults and bitter accusations, there is now discussion of the relevant aspects of [scientific] research”, we are told. In short, having expelled outspoken, controversial “deniers” from its forums, Reddit now finds that its discussions of climate change are more measured – that is, on-message, conformist, uncontroversial.

How convenient. You don’t like the opinions of those who disagree with you, so you ban them. Sure solves the problem of winning debates, doesn’t it?

I wouldn’t object if the moderators just banned insulting and offensive comments. I do that here at Behind the Black. What they’ve apparently done instead is to ban all opposing opinions, which is far different.

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8 comments

  • RoccoE

    I am half tempted to make a few dozen aliases just to be banned so the ding dongs get with freedom.

  • Joe

    Of course they now have a meaningfull dialogue, they are creating their own echo chamber, but its only meaning full to them!

  • Reddit is divided into subreddits. Moderators make the rules for their subreddit. If you don’t like the rules, ya just go to another subreddit. If enough people do this, the subreddit will die.

    This is, in no way, “censorship”.

    Moderators, of course, can make bad decisions.. or just be incredibly lazy.

  • ted

    Climate change has become more of a religion than a science. Almost a scientology type of cult mentality.

  • Pzatchok

    Almost?

    They have less evidence to support their new religion than what they claim other religions have.

  • “Climate change has become more of a religion than a science.”

    A point I have made for years. They even use the language of religion, dividing people into ‘believers’ and ‘deniers’. ‘Climate change’ is an aspect of neo-paganism, in which the followers worship Gaia, and all others must be put to the sword (e.g. taxed and ridiculed).

  • D. K. Williams

    Climate change is one of the greatest scams of all time. It’s all about the money.

  • Silvan Lombardi

    This is the kind of behavior that kept the Middle Ages in the Middle Ages. Open, honest scientific inquiry is what leads to progress.
    I’ve recently submitted:
    “Increased snowfall amounts cannot support global cooling either. ALL snow comes from water that EVAPORATED from somewhere. And as we all know, evaporation requires heat.
    So we cannot definitively argue this either way based solely on snowfall data.”
    But I haven’t been “banned”.
    Please note however that I agree that their “evidence” for global warming is nonsense.

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