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Outed Reddit Moderator Tells CNN He Only Partially Apologizes for His Actions (VentureBeat)
Michael Brutsch, 49, the recently outed Reddit moderator known online as ViolentAcrez, attempted to explain his heinous behavior on the community-powered link-sharing site in an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday night. “Well, I am to some degree apologizing for what I did,” he said. The Huffington Post Brutsch also blamed the culture on Reddit for fostering his penchant for posting offensive material. “Reddit encouraged and enabled this sort of behavior, and I shouldn’t have been a part of it,” he said. CNN.com He created hundreds of subforums on the user-generated website, such as “Rapebait,” “Incest,” “Pics of Dead Kids,” “Choke a Bitch,” and “Rape Jokes.” Violentacrez has been banned from the site several times, although Brutsch still maintains a separate account. Salon.com This week, Gawker, which outed ViolentAcrez received a leaked memo from Reddit CEO Yishan Wong, originally posted in a private subreddit. In the memo, Wong finally weighed in on the issue, saying, “We will not ban legal content even if we find it odious or if we personally condemn it,” meaning that free speech — even for creepy trolls like Violentacrez — continues to have a place on the site. Bloomberg Businessweek Where should freedom of speech begin and end when you are a Web-based entity with a global audience? That’s the question raised by a couple of recent events, including the furor over a Reddit moderator’s creepy behavior and now the news that Twitter has blocked an account for the first time at the request of a state government — in this case, Germany, which asked the service to take action against a Twitter user posting neo-Nazi sentiments, something forbidden by the laws of that country. Read more