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Reddit power users are taking over white supremacist subreddits


(Erica Etelson) #1

“Another delightful resistance movement involves messing with white supremacists and other bigots on Reddit, one of their favorite online gathering spots. As Ben Collins of The Daily Beast reported, a group of Redditors have started launching takeovers of forums that might attract the fascist-curious, turning them into clown shows. For instance, r/WhitePolitics is now flooded with posts discussing paint swatches. They also were able to defeat a request from former Breitbart writer and right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos to take over the forum r/Faggots, which is now dedicated to discussing the bundling of logs. They also conquered a misogynist “pickup artist” forum, which is now mostly threads about picking up heavy objects.” http://www.salon.com/2017/08/11/its-time-to-fight-the-alt-right-but-not-by-actually-fighting-in-the-street/


(John) #2

I suppose that’s the equivalent of online peaceful protesting. It reminds me of a Planned Parenthood protest where anti-choice activists’ chants were drowned out by counter-protest groups who started singing love songs as loud as possible and overtook the whole event.


(Matt Kiser) #3

While fucking hilarious, I’ve retitled the topic and moved out Actions, because this isn’t a call to action. It’s a bit of news about what Reddit power users (and others) are doing to fight back against online racism.