Reddit Cracks Down on Dark Web Subreddits

If you read DeepDotWeb or VICE at all, you may have come across the story Reddit Just Banned /R/DarkNetMarkets, or Reddit Bans Subreddits Dedicated to Dark Web Drug Markets and Selling Guns. If so, then you already know what I’m talking about.

In addition to banning that subreddit, it also banned several other related subreddits, such as /r/deepwebexperiences, which, in theory, was a “fiction-based sub.” As on the darknet markets subreddit, their reasoning was that the sub violated their “policy against transactions involving prohibited goods or services.”

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It may have been inevitable that such a thing would happen, given that many darknet markets have seen their demise in recent years (AlphaBay and Hansa Market come to mind).

Of course, I know from experience that this isn’t going to stop the users and vendors from finding a public place to have conversations. Through the grapevine, I’ve heard that many of them migrated to Voat, which uses a very similar format to Reddit (subs, upvotes and downvotes, etc.).

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Look, I’m not saying I necessarily have an opinion one way or the other, but I figure that just because you censor something, that doesn’t mean it will go away. Reddit, however, is a large site with many users, and they may have been put under pressure to ban subreddits like the ones above.

There is a Reddit onion site as well, although I’m sure the same content policies apply on their darknet site. Its URL is http://redditmoongroogs.onion, which, I must say, is an awesome name. I assume this is the real Reddit and not a clone site, though I don’t have definitive proof. (It’s bad to make assumptions with Tor, isn’t it?)

Anyhow, I hope that I won’t get caught up the Reddit anti-dark web shitstorm, but it looks like I’m OK for now.

Unless I start trying to sell Singapore, of course.

 

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Dear FCC – I Care About Net Neutrality

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It occurred to me that as a writer, particularly one who talks about controversial subjects, that “net neutrality” should matter to me. And it should matter to you too.

Without it, ISPs (the big guys like Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable) would have full ability to create so-called “Internet fast lanes” that give preference to certain websites over others. Is that what you want?

On July 12, 2017, net neutrality allies sent 1.6 million comments to the FCC, many in creative ways, demonstrated what would happen if net neutrality were abandoned, and the reins given over to such big-name ISPs. For a few examples, stop by Massive protest to save #NetNeutrality sweeps the internet

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While the big day of protest is over, on the site Dear FCC, It’s Our Internet and We’ll Fight to Protect It, they give you a chance to write a letter to the FCC and explain why net neutrality is important to you.

I did so today, and you can too – I urge all of you who care about freedom on the internet, and the liberty to use and access what you want, to do the same!

It feels as though we’re going backwards in time, with a whole lot of pro-censorship laws being enacted right now, such as the anti-encryption bills in the US, Australia, and the UK.

We, the people, need to speak out. Join me in this fight.

And of course, if you have suggestions, feel free to add them here!