A few anti-vaccine subreddits have popped up on Reddit over the past months. And in response, a selection of other subreddits are calling on Reddit [c] to remove these subreddits – which are often full of misinformation – from the platform.
Dissent is a part of Reddit and the foundation of democracy.
He does on to say:
Reddit is a place for open and authentic discussion and debate.
(This was said in a post which has the comments turned off.)
Censorship is always a very tricky subject. By and large I am dead against it on the web. I want it be open and free. However, rampant lies and the purposeful spreading of misinformation about something so vital as the COVID-19 vaccine does come rather close to needing some stronger vetting by Reddit, in my opinion.
Either way, Huffman’s rather blunt and heavy-handed statement was probably not the best way for Reddit to announce its decision to allow anti – and most likely wrong – COVID-19 vaccine viewpoints and I expect an updated statement for ‘clarity’ in a day or two.