Silencing dissent

Reddit>> Climate Change

Published: Friday 31 January 2014

Reddit, a popular link-sharing website, has banned climate-change deniers from the forum. Coming from a website which claims to be “passionately dedicated to free speech”, the move has been described as nothing short of censorship. Reddit says the decision was taken to filter “uninformed and outspoken opinions” by “contrarians”. Now whenever such comments are posted, the user is issued a warning and repeat offenders are banned. Reddit says the results of the ban are encouraging as discussions are now measured and based on scientific works—in other words, conformist and uncontroversial.

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