Reddit is having the same problem as traditional media: Defining what the news is


I’m not sure if it qualifies as ironic or not, but just a day after I wrote a post about how Reddit’s new “live reporting” feature could contribute to the opening up or crowdsourcing of journalism, news started to filter out about moderators on one of Reddit’s topic threads repeatedly deleting a news story from Glenn Greenwald of First Look Media about the British government’s spy program. This kind of “censorship,” some have argued, is one of the reasons why Reddit can’t be trusted with anything approaching actual journalism.

I disagree for a number of reasons, as I tried to point out in my original post on Tuesday, but let’s take a look at what happened in this case first: As the Daily Dot and others sites such as Zero Hedge and TechDirt have detailed, using screenshots from concerned Redditors who recorded the activity, Greenwald’s latest story has been…

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