Articles from the Planet Socialist Internet Website remains blacklisted and blocked from currently being shared on some of the most well known discussion boards on the social news aggregation web page Reddit.
Amid the Reddit forums—known as subreddits—that have banned the submitting of posting hyperlinks from wsws.org are r/coronavirus with 2.4 million associates and r/politics with 7.6 million members.
Content moderators of these subreddits have blacklisted the Entire world Socialist Web Web site with no explanation and refused to answer to several WSWS exposures of the ban as political censorship and the demand from customers that it be lifted.
Any attempt to article article content from the WSWS on the r/coronavirus subreddit returns the next concept:
“Your submission has been quickly taken off since the joined source may not be responsible or could be dedicated mainly to political coverage. If feasible, make sure you re-submit with a link to a reputable or non-political supply, this sort of as a reliable information group or an [sic] acknowledged institution.”
In the initially spot, the argument that only one-way links from a “non-political source” are permitted is entirely illegitimate given that hyperlinks shared freely from the capitalist media such as the Washington Submit, New York Times and Wall Avenue Journal on the discussion board are in fact “dedicated mainly to political coverage.” The genuine intent of this language from Reddit moderators is McCarthyism—i.e., banning of still left-wing and socialist suggestions from currently being shared and talked about on the subreddit.
Next the argument that the Planet Socialist Net Internet site is not a “reliable source” or “a reputable news organization” or a “recognized institution” is totally wrong. When our day-to-day readership continues to climb internationally, the initial, exclusive and consistently precise reporting and evaluation of the WSWS—especially on the subject matter of the coronavirus pandemic—has turn out to be progressively influential and is playing a direct role in shaping general public views on the matter
In light of the modern marketing campaign by the WSWS to expose the revival by the US corporate media and political establishment of the discredited “Wuhan Lab” theory—which has been shared greatly on Twitter and been supported by major researchers and epidemiologists—the continuation of the ban by Reddit moderators on r/coronavirus is a blatant attempt to prevent our views and examination from achieving the users of the forum.
For instance, the WSWS report prepared by Andre Damon on June 1 entitled, “Author of Wall Road Journal ‘Wuhan Lab’ tale wrote lies about ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’”—which uncovered the truth that Michael R. Gordon wrote the September 8, 2002, short article in the New York Times that falsely asserted that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was trying to find to build a nuclear weapon—was shared by at least 29 journalists on Twitter.
Amid the publications that reporters who shared this write-up on Twitter generate for are Mother nature, Forbes, Bloomberg, Rolling Stone and the Sydney Early morning Herald. However the moderators of the r/coronavirus subreddit have refused to raise their blacklist.
This author submitted a message through the r/coronavirus subreddit right to the moderators pointing to the decisive position being played by the WSWS in combatting the discredited “Wuhan Lab” conspiracy theory, and this concept resulted in the following six-phrase reaction “Nope, but many thanks for the suggestions.”
In the circumstance of the subreddit r/politics, the Entire world Socialist World wide web Web site stays blacklisted when a lot more than 1,000 other publications, such as far-proper businesses and open up advocates of lies about the origin of COVID-19, are formally whitelisted by the moderators.
For illustration, Fox News—which has released a spurious campaign to have NIAID Director Anthony Fauci fired—and the Federalist—which advocated early in the pandemic that contaminated men and women engage in “chicken pox parties” to infect others—are the two permitted to have inbound links from their sites posted on r/politics.
Initiatives by WSWS editors and journalists to post requests by way of the subreddit facility to incorporate the Entire world Socialist Website Internet site domain to the r/politics whitelist have gone unanswered.
As we claimed previous September, when the WSWS report “Trump operates for Führer” inexplicably built it past the blacklist on r/politics on August 28, it speedily gained 9,200 upvotes, received around 600 reviews, and was so popular that it was elevated to Reddit’s front site.
At that instant the r/politics moderators’ censorship routine sprang into action, labeled the article—analyzing Trump’s fascistic nomination acceptance speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention—as coming from an “Unacceptable Source” and shut down more dialogue by Reddit associates of the investigation.
There is no query that Reddit—an estimated $6 billion company owned by the Newhouse media empire referred to as Progress Publications—and its subreddit moderators are intentionally blocking customers of the system from obtaining obtain to and discussing information from the WSWS.
We are renewing our connect with for an conclusion to the McCarthyite blacklisting of WSWS information from currently being shared on Reddit. We are also contacting on Reddit members to demand from customers that the moderators of r/coronavirus and r/politics carry the ban and enable the socialist investigation and reporting from the WSWS to be shared on these subreddits.