Hear Ye: Reddit Calls Itself An ‘Online Government’

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Doubt not, netizens, that your king loves you; doubt not that you are in the bountiful and just arms of democracy.

Reddit has taken the stance that it isn’t just a website, but a government in charge of a new wave global community. Actually, that sounds pretty legit. Yishan Wong, CEO of Reddit, took to the official Reddit blog to post a statement that included the following:

“The reason is because we consider ourselves not just a company running a website where one can post links and discuss them, but the government of a new type of community. The role and responsibility of a government differs from that of a private corporation, in that it exercises restraint in the usage of its powers.”

Yishan Wong, CEO of Reddit

Yishan Wong, CEO of Reddit

The comments came in regard to Twitter’s deletion of content in relation to the beheadings in the Middle East and Reddit’s personal statements/actions regarding The Fappening. Reddit believes in free speech, free choice and self accountability. Wong went on to write in the post:

“We uphold the ideal of free speech on reddit as much as possible not because we are legally bound to, but because we believe that you – the user – has the right to choose between right and wrong, good and evil, and that it is your responsibility to do so.”

Betabeat made the interesting connection that if Facebook were a country, it would be rivalling China for “most populated,” so maybe there is some truth in what Reddit is saying?

But then again, Betabeat’s reporter Jack Smith IV (that’s the fourth, not an abbrev. for intravenous) attempted to link to Reddit’s official blog but instead linked to his embarrassing personal YouTube channel that purports to help people become savvier journalists.

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So take their reporting with a grain of salt perhaps?