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[–] VivaFrei 0 points 95 points (+95|-0) ago  (edited ago)

What really bothers me is once you know there is manipulation going on, even if the content is good, it becomes suspect. For example, right now on the front page there is:

1) A funny pic of people cosplaying characters from a Disney movie. Did it get to the front because of some manipulation / paid advertising from Disney?

2) The official trailer for Lobster made the front page. Did promoters pay for it to get manipulated to max viewing?

3) There is an "Ask Reddit" as to what the most informative YouTube channel is. Is the top comment actually what people voted as most interesting, or have deleted comments / vote manipulation sullied or tampered with what appears to be the top comment.

Once a site has lost credibility, it is impossible to take anything that site says as accurate. And that is a big problem for me. Even if I might find the content interesting, I don't like being manipulated, lied to, or used as a consumer in some paid-for marketing campaign.

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[–] Andar 0 points 56 points (+56|-0) ago 

That's a really good description for why I don't like reddit anymore. Sure. There's still content, but it's now in the same category as television and all the other bullshit corporate media. I want to organically discover and share content with my fellow human beings. I don't want a colossal corporate conglomerate curating content to control my conciousness.

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[–] derventa 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

I still visit the smaller obscure subreddits, but even those will sometimes have a front page post that was blatantly paid for.

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[–] dismalinterest 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Nice alliteration!

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[–] CowWithBeef 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Unfortunately there is no way to monetize organic content. They have to sell influence which requires deceiving the user base. The Voat founders have to be far more creative than reddit if they are going to make money off their current user base.

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[–] RunningShark 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Haven't you heard the arguments why we left though? apparently we are all women hating fat hating racists.

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[–] TheHammer 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

Hey, why doesn't the FTC get on them for advertising content where it is not properly marked as sponsored content?

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[–] Freakazoid 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Lol, I didn't know that was actually a rule. Interesting...

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[–] Obamadid911 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

"Learn this one trick that the FTC doesn't want you to know!"

Idk if the ftc regulates internet ads. If so, they're doing a crap job.

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[–] Bindlestiff 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

the problem is trying to prove it, but I totally endorse busting them for undisclosed ads.

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[–] gatordontplaythatsht 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

What tipped me off was the overwhelming amount of pro-refugee posts in the last week, and not even a peep of the discord on the front page. Reddit is the same as the NYT now, not to be trusted, and unfortunately controlled.

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[–] buttermouth 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Yesterday's top post was an blatant sponsored post. It was picture of a guy getting an Apple watch and his girlfriend calling him out that she knows he gets texts on there. It wasn't even funny and got like 7k up votes. /r/hailcorporate said that all anti apple watch comments were deleted or downvoted.

I don't think I've ever seen such a blatant example of a sponsored post. I'm also pretty sure it's illegal according to the FTC to have sponsored posts without revealing that they are paid.

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[–] VivaFrei 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I saw that one... The funny thing is it actually made me not want an Apple watch even more! lol.

And I truly believe that all r/gaming posts that make the front page are paid for by the promoters of the specific game as marketing.

Or maybe I am just paranoid and delusional.