Reddit appears to be taking action against moderators who support subreddit blackouts, aiming to replace them with individuals who will reopen the subreddits.
In a recent fact sheet released by Reddit on Thursday, the platform stated that private subreddits would not be forced to reopen to the public. However, Reddit moderator u/ModCodeofConduct pointed out a loophole: the website reserves the right to remove and replace any moderators who violate the site’s official Code of Conduct. Tim Rathschmidt, a spokesperson for Reddit, confirmed this to The Verge, suggesting that participating in the blackouts could be considered a violation.
According to u/ModCodeofConduct, “If a moderator team unanimously decides to stop moderating, we will invite new, active moderators to keep these spaces open and accessible to users.”
Regrettably, blackout-supporting moderators and their subreddit users have limited options to prevent Reddit from replacing them. They have tried appealing directly to the company through group messages, urging understanding for the protest. However, an alleged internal memo leak suggests that Reddit has largely downplayed or ignored the protest, anticipating its eventual dissolution.
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