secretly edited user comments on popular pro-Trump account ,The_Donald .
directly. He switched all mentions of his name with the usernames of the
board’s moderators — so that the oft-profanity-laced rants about him
appeared to be about his haters.
It was not a good idea, he told The Washington Post Friday by phone. “I
abused my power to give the bullies a hard time,” he said. Huffman
thought of his name-swapping as a joke: a way to poke back at the people
who’ve been harassing him and some of the site’s volunteer moderators
targeting any other Reddit employee. Instead, he decided to give them a
taste of their own medicine — claiming he only intended to change the
comments for a few hours.
“I had my fun with them, they had their fun with me,” Huffman told The Post.
He also hasn’t acknowledged the calls from some The_Donald fans for him to step down.
more than 300,000 subscribers, who called themselves “Centipedes.”
algorithm over the summer to prevent popular The_Donald posts from
rising to the site’s front pages.
could hurt users’ trust in the site. But he also said that, having seen
this torrent of abuse first hand, he will have Reddit step up its
efforts to let users filter out negative content, and to take on the
general problem of harassment.