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Reddit CEO Says He Edited Posts Without Users' Consent

'It does get old getting called a pedophile constantly'

(Newser) - The CEO of Reddit has admitted to editing posts critical of him without the consent or knowledge of the users whose posts were changed, BuzzFeed reports. According to Business Insider , it started with Reddit shutting down the "Pizzagate" page because it didn't "want witch hunts on our... More »

Internet Acting Weird Today? You're Not Alone

Outages on Twitter, other sites after DDOS attack

(Newser) - If you like to ease your way into the day by flipping on some Spotify tunes and checking out your Twitter feeds and favorite Reddit forums, Friday morning was probably pretty miserable. That's because those sites, and dozens of others, experienced annoying disruptions (or were down completely for some)... More »

Ken Bone's Reddit AMA Went Well— at First

Then people starting looking into his previous posts

(Newser) - Ken Bone, who became a viral sensation thanks to the bright red sweater he wore during Sunday's presidential debate, may now have a face even redder than his zipper-up attire. Chicagoist notes Bone held a Reddit AMA Thursday evening, and by most accounts (as per CNET ), Bone was... More »

Selfie Shows Before and After of Heroin Addiction

Courtney, 24, is two years sober and hoping to inspire others to get clean

(Newser) - On Wednesday, a Reddit user named DisregardThisOrDont posted an incredibly powerful selfie, Stuff reports. The selfie—posted alongside a mugshot taken two years ago—is captioned: "Here is what 826 days sober looks like. Recovery is possible!" According to the Houston Chronicle , DisregardThisOrDont is a 24-year-old named Courtney.... More »

Trolls Target Amy Schumer's New Book

They're leaving fake one-star reviews on Amazon

(Newser) - Amy Schumer's new collection of essays, titled The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, currently sits at the No. 2 spot on Amazon's bestsellers list, with Heidi Stevens at the Chicago Tribune describing it as "a brave, vulnerable tale" that's also "hilarious." Its Amazon... More »

Angry Joker Fan Says He's Suing Over Suicide Squad

He claims trailers promised a level of Jared Leto that the movie didn't deliver

(Newser) - The only people more villainous than clown-faced maniacs are the people who make movie trailers about them, apparently. reports a Scottish Reddit user named BlackPanther2016 claims he or she is suing Warner Bros. and DC over what he claims were misleading Suicide Squad trailers that heavily featured Jared... More »

Man Asks Internet to Help Him Find His Pants. It Does

'I enjoyed myself thoroughly'

(Newser) - The internet is an amazing invention that puts all the world's knowledge at your fingertips. It can also help you find your pants. CBC reports Canadian man Andy Gaudry was visiting Halifax last Friday for his grandma's 80th birthday when he went out "gallivanting" with some cousins.... More »

Odd Sci-Fi Novel Emerging in Reddit Comments

And it's getting bigger every day

(Newser) - An anonymous author seems to be inventing a whole new way to publish a novel: not in book form, or even ebook form, but in the comments section of random posts at Reddit. As Gizmodo explains, a Redditor known only by the user name _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9 began publishing lengthy, bizarre comments... More »

What the Heck Is Up With This Reddit Mystery?

At first no one noticed the numbers and letters quietly churning away at A858

(Newser) - It all started back in 2011 when a Reddit account began posting an indecipherable sequence of numbers and letters to a new subreddit, r/A858DE45F56D9BC9, or r/A858 for short. After languishing in Internet obscurity for nearly a year, another Reddit user requested more information, asking: "Do these seemingly random strings... More »

Mom Bills Son $1K for Being an 'A--hole'

Her son calls it a 'very effective parenting technique'

(Newser) - A Reddit user living in Toronto better be kissing up to his momma for quite a while: The 23-year-old student, who goes by Chalipo on Reddit, recently got into an argument with his mom about how much it had cost her to support him over the last 13 months, reports... More »

Guy Autotweets Comcast Whenever His Service Stinks

It's happened 16 times in 3 months

(Newser) - Many people have famously poor luck when trying to shout, however publicly , at Comcast customer service. So one user is taking what describes as a "passive aggressive" approach by programming his Raspberry Pi to automatically tweet every time his Internet service falls below an unacceptable speed (it'... More »

How a Reddit User Helped Solve a 20-Year-Old Mystery

Family members spotted shared photos of 'Grateful Doe'

(Newser) - For 20 years, he was known as "Grateful Doe." Now, police have confirmed a man killed in a car accident in Greensville County, Va., with two ticket stubs for a Grateful Dead concert in his pocket, was Jason Callahan, a 19-year-old from Myrtle Beach, SC, who'd set... More »

Missing Teen May Have Asked Reddit for Help

The person who posted wanted to keep father out of trouble

(Newser) - What do you do when you find out you were kidnapped as a child and your life has been a lie? That question was posed to Reddit users—more than a month before the case of Julian Hernandez surfaced—by a poster who appears to have been the 18-year-old himself,... More »

Reviled Pharma CEO Holds Epic AMA on Reddit

Martin Shkreli says recent brouhaha over his price gouging is good for his love life

(Newser) - Perhaps trying to win back customers who are likely defecting to his new competitor , Martin Shkreli took to Reddit in an epic "Ask Me Anything" session that lasted from Saturday evening well into Sunday (with breaks), per his Twitter feed . In what TechCrunch calls "one of the most... More »

Ellen Pao: Internet 'Trolls Are Winning'

But former Reddit CEO says she thinks the 'humans' can win

(Newser) - Ellen Pao, who just stepped down as CEO of Reddit amid much drama , has a bleak assessment about the current state of the Internet: "The trolls are winning." As Pao writes in the Washington Post , she learned this firsthand when they went after her in savage fashion as... More »

Reddit Ex-CEO Points Finger Squarely at This Man

Yishan Wong says co-founder Alexis Ohanian canned Victoria Taylor

(Newser) - Reddit is quickly running out of current and/or unblemished executives : As the New York Times reports, former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong is shedding some light on former AMA exec Victoria Taylor's mysterious firing, and he's pointing the blame squarely at co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who he writes in a... More »

Ellen Pao Resigns as Reddit CEO

Move comes after controversial firing of employee

(Newser) - Ellen Pao fought with the redditors , and it looks like the redditors have won. The interim CEO of Reddit resigned today amid much controversy, reports Recode . She tells the website it was a "mutual decision" with Reddit's board, and a board member emphasized that she wasn't fired.... More »

Canned Redditor Finally Speaks

As moderators explain their anger at company, CEO Ellen Pao

(Newser) - Reddit's ex-talent director is speaking out for the first time since she was unceremoniously fired last week. In a post on Reddit (obviously), Victoria Taylor, who ran "Ask Me Anything" interviews, writes that her weekend was "interesting, to say the least" but gives no details on why... More »

160K Tell Reddit CEO Ellen Pao to 'Step Down'

Petition says Pao will 'run Reddit into the ground' if she's not ousted

(Newser) - Reddit—the site Gizmodo cheekily calls the Internet's "Fort Knox of cat GIFs"—has been in turmoil since the company on Thursday fired Victoria Taylor, the talent director who ran the most high-profile "Ask Me Anything" interviews, per the New York Times . Now a More »

In 'Unprecedented' Move, Reddit Bans 5 Subreddits

The most popular of the 5 forums targeted the obese

(Newser) - Reddit, the so-called front page of the Internet, is starting to ban some of its own forums after years of being known as the content aggregator where anything goes (well, except for child porn and nude celebrity pics). But Reddit is reporting this week that it has removed five of... More »

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