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Permanent Reddit Ban with IFTTT Social Media Automation

Permanent Reddit Ban with IFTTT Social Media Automation
Permanent Reddit Ban with IFTTT Social Media Automation
Report #: 4459 - 0 Comments
Date Reported: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Status: Active and Ongoing
Severity: Moderate - Public Bullying
Primary Weapon: Social Networks
Specific Location: 420 Taylor St
City/Local Area: San Francisco Bay Area
State/Territory: California
Region: United States

Reddit permanently banned a user working with STD Carriers Disease Control and Prevention Services citing the posting of personal information. In the notice the user is being blamed for content they didn't even post. The link in question was posted by IFTTT as part of their RSS to Reddit service. So, if you use a bot to automate social media posts for your website and that bot posts content that violates Reddit's rules, they will suspend your account just as if you posted the content yourself.

This is a totally inappropriate policy that punishes innocent users just for being efficient. On top of that they don't even give a warning to the person being banned. Had they just removed the post in question and told STD Carriers not to syndicate that type of content on Reddit anymore they would have limited the feeds hooked up to Reddit to just stuff about celebrities and the news. Now an innocent individual is no longer allowed on Reddit and an innocent business has to operate in fear being accused of being that individual.

The notice from Reddit read in part "Your account has been permanently suspended from Reddit for posting or threatening to post personal information. Link to reported content: Posting someone's personal information or posting links to personal information is against Reddits rules. This includes links to public Facebook pages and screenshots of Facebook pages with the names still legible."

So, if you link to a page and someone posts personal information on that page, the person that posted the link is treated the same under Reddit's policy as the person that created the content on the source website. That opens up Reddit users to all sorts of abuse. If I didn't like a Reddit user, I could just scan through the links they posted until I found a site that allowed me to post something, post personal information on that site, and squeal to Reddit that that person posted a link to a page containing personal information.

Reddit is immune from liability for such posting under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, so why they would bother to have such a strict policy on personal information is a puzzling question. It is highly inefficient as it requires them to pay employees to monitor the site more and it results in fewer users which leads to less advertising revenue. This policy is bad for business and bad for Reddit.

Have fun with that Reddit, fortunately for us we have plenty of other ways to syndicate content and if we want to use Reddit again we can just have someone else create an account for us. Someone that isn't a total lame like Reddit.

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