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Reddit Quarantines r/The_Donald Over Violent Comments

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  • A popular pro-Trump subreddit was quarantined after posts encouraging violence were made in reference to police and public officials in Oregon.
  • As a result of the quarantine, users have to click through a warning to get to the community.
  • The subreddit can also not make revenue, cannot appear on the popular page, and cannot appear in search results on the site.
  • Some say Reddit has taken a step too far and is censoring users, while others have applauded the platform for taking action.

Subreddit Quarantined

The controversial subreddit “r/The_Donald” has been quarantined after threats of violence were posted on the page. 

r/The_Donald is a popular pro-Trump subreddit among President Donald Trump’s fanbase. Users share memes and other viral content about him and other political topics. When Trump was a presidential candidate in 2016, he did an Ask Me Anything in the community.

A Media Matters report on Monday said that users in r/The_Donald had been using violent language, specifically when speaking about Oregon’s governor, who called for officers to bring back Republican senators who left the state to avoid a vote on climate legislation. Many of the users in the subreddit were angry with the governor, taking the side of the Republican senators. 

Media Matters shared posts that have since been removed from the subreddit. They say things like, “none of this gets fixed without people picking up rifles,” “no problems shooting a cop trying to strip rights from Citizens,” and “It’s time to threaten, because nothing else is working. It’s time to tell them that EVERYTHING will burn if it does not change.”

While Reddit did not cite Media Matters in their decision, the subreddit was quarantined just two days after their report was posted. They wrote to the moderators specifically mentioning the comments made about the recent events in Oregon.

“We have observed repeated rule-breaking behavior in your community,” they wrote. “Most recently, we have observed this behavior in the form of encouragement of violence towards police officers and public officials in Oregon.”

According to Reddit, the goal of a quarantine is “to prevent its content from being accidentally viewed by those who do not knowingly wish to do so, or viewed without appropriate context.” The quarantine also means that the subreddit cannot generate revenue, appear on the popular page, or be found via search.

Now when users go to the subreddit, they are met with a warning alerting them that the community has been quarantined. 

“It is restricted due to significant issues with reporting and addressing violations of the Reddit Content Policy,” the warning says. “Most recently the violations have included threats of violence against police and public officials.”

The user must then click to confirm whether or not they want to continue. Once on the subreddit, a similar warning is placed at the top of the page. 

Internet Users React

Users in the community are upset about the quarantine. One post claims that none of the users ever broke the rules and said that this an attack by the left. 

“None of these comments that violated Reddit’s rules,” the post starts. “Those comments were reported on by an arm of the DNC and picked up by multiple news outlets.”

It later encourages the community to follow the rules and report bad behavior. 

Andrew Surabian, a GOP strategist who used to work for Trump, said this was part of “big tech” not wanting Trump re-elected in 2020. 

Another Twitter user said Reddit’s action was good and that users calling for hate crimes crossed a line. 

Meanwhile another user said this was a step in the right direction.

Reddit also defended their choice in a statement to The Verge

“We are clear in our site-wide policies that posting content that encourages or threatens violence is not allowed on Reddit,” the statement reads. “As we have shared, we are sensitive to what could be considered political speech, however, recent behaviors including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy.”

See what others are saying: (The Verge) (Mashable) (Daily Beast)

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Jake Paul Says He “Can’t Get Cancelled” as a Boxer

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The controversial YouTuber opened up about what it has been like to go from online fame to professional boxing.


The New Yorker Profiles Jake Paul

YouTuber and boxer Jake Paul talked about his career switch, reputation, and cancel culture in a profile published Monday in The New Yorker. 

While Paul rose to fame as the Internet’s troublemaker, he now spends most of his time in the ring. He told the outlet that one difference between YouTube and boxing is that his often controversial reputation lends better to his new career. 

“One thing that is great about being a fighter is, like, you can’t get cancelled,” Paul said. The profile noted that the sport often rewards and even encourages some degree of bad behavior.

“I’m not a saint,” Paul later continued. “I’m also not a bad guy, but I can very easily play the role.”

Paul also said the other difference between his time online and his time in boxing is the level of work. While he says he trains hard, he confessed that there was something more challenging about making regular YouTube content. 

“Being an influencer was almost harder than being a boxer,” he told The New Yorker. “You wake up in the morning and you’re, like, Damn, I have to create fifteen minutes of amazing content, and I have twelve hours of sunlight.”

Jake Paul Vs. Tommy Fury

The New Yorker profile came just after it was announced over the weekend Paul will be fighting boxer Tommy Fury in an 8-round cruiserweight fight on Showtime in December. 

“It’s time to kiss ur last name and ur family’s boxing legacy goodbye,” Paul tweeted. “DEC 18th I’m changing this wankers name to Tommy Fumbles and celebrating with Tom Brady.”

Both Paul and Fury are undefeated, according to ESPN. Like Paul, Fury has found fame outside of the sport. He has become a reality TV star in the U.K. after appearing on the hit show “Love Island.”

See what others are saying: (The New Yorker) (Dexerto) (ESPN)

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Hackers Hit Twitch Again, This Time Replacing Backgrounds With Image of Jeff Bezos

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The hack appears to be a form of trolling, though it’s possible that the infiltrators were able to uncover a security flaw while reviewing Twitch’s newly-leaked source code.


Bezos Prank

Hackers targeted Twitch for a second time this week, but rather than leaking sensitive information, the infiltrators chose to deface the platform on Friday by swapping multiple background images with a photo of former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. 

According to those who saw the replaced images firsthand, the hack appears to have mostly — and possibly only — affected game directory headers. Though the incident appears to be nothing more than a surface-level prank, as Amazon owns Twitch, it could potentially signal greater security flaws. 

For example, it’s possible the hackers could have used leaked internal security data from earlier this week to discover a network vulnerability and sneak into the platform. 

The latest jab at the platforms came after Twitch assured its users it has seen “no indication” that their login credentials were stolen during the first hack. Still, concerns have remained regarding the potential for others to now spot cracks in Twitch’s security systems.

It’s also possible the Bezos hack resulted from what’s known as “cache poisoning,” which, in this case, would refer to a more limited form of hacking that allowed the infiltrators to manipulate similar images all at once. If true, the hackers likely would not have been able to access Twitch’s back end. 

The photo changes only lasted several hours before being returned to their previous conditions. 

First Twitch Hack 

Despite suspicions and concerns, it’s unclear whether the Bezos hack is related to the major leak of Twitch’s internal data that was posted to 4chan on Wednesday.

That leak exposed Twitch’s full source code — including its security tools — as well as data on how much Twitch has individually paid every single streamer on the platform since August 2019. 

It also revealed Amazon’s at least partially developed plans for a cloud-based gaming library, codenamed Vapor, which would directly compete with the massively popular library known as Steam.

Even though Twitch has said its login credentials appear to be secure, it announced Thursday that it has reset all stream keys “out of an abundance of caution.” Users are still being urged to change their passwords and update or implement two-factor authentication if they haven’t already. 

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Twitch Blames Server Configuration Error for Hack, Says There’s No Indication That Login Info Leaked

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The platform also said full credit card numbers were not reaped by hackers, as that data is stored externally. 


Login and Credit Card Info Secure

Twitch released a security update late Wednesday claiming it had seen “no indication” that users’ login credentials were stolen by hackers who leaked the entire platform’s source code earlier in the day.

“Full credit card numbers are not stored by Twitch, so full credit card numbers were not exposed,” the company added in its announcement.

The leaked data, uploaded to 4chan, includes code related to the platform’s security tools, as well as exact totals of how much it has individually paid every single streamer on the platform since August 2019. 

Early Thursday, Twitch also announced that it has now reset all stream keys “out of an abundance of caution.” Streamers looking for their new keys can visit a dashboard set up by the platform, though users may need to manually update their software with the new key before being able to stream again depending on what kind of software they use.

As far as what led to the hackers being able to steal the data, Twitch blamed an error in a “server configuration change that was subsequently accessed by a malicious third party,” confirming that the leak was not the work of a current employee who used internal tools. 

Will Users Go to Other Streaming Platforms?

While no major creators have said they are leaving Twitch for a different streaming platform because of the hack, many small users have either announced their intention to leave Twitch or have said they are considering such a move. 

It’s unclear if the leak, coupled with other ongoing Twitch controversies, will ultimately lead to a significant user exodus, but there’s little doubt that other platforms are ready and willing to leverage this hack in the hopes of attracting new users. 

At least one big-name streamer has already done as much, even if largely only presenting the idea as a playful jab rather than with serious intention. 

“Pretty crazy day today,” YouTube’s Valkyrae said on a stream Wednesday while referencing a tweet she wrote earlier the day.

“YouTube is looking to sign more streamers,” that tweet reads. 

I mean, they are! … No shade to Twitch… Ah! Well…” Valkyrae said on stream before interrupting herself to note that she was not being paid by YouTube to make her comments. 

See what others are saying: (Engadget) (BBC) (Gamerant)

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