media site Reddit, joining Facebook and Twitter in
a loss of desirability, began quietly informing its users yesterday that
a data breach had leaked user information. The actual truth is more
these thousands of accounts, their email addresses have been revealed,
linking real names with Reddit accounts. This makes their past post
history — on a site that sells itself on anonymity (well, and lots of
hidden pornography) — a target that can be scraped to reveal plenty of
has encouraged people for years to openly engage in discussions where
they reveal risky personal details, bare their souls, or post fantasies
and kinks. This breach originally occurred at TypeForm, but because
Reddit required users to enter their usernames on that third-party site,
their privacy was thoroughly compromised.
other news, Reddit removed neutral discussion forum /r/klan/suddenly,
despite the forum’s seven-year record of allowing unbiased discussion of
the Ku Klux Klan. Admins gave no reason for doing so at the time and
have refused comment since.
Reddit has had
censorship problems in the past, some are suggesting that this
recent ban was ideological and did not take into account that the sub in
question had never been cited for rules violations.
predicted, the social media fad has ended at the same time the rest of
Silicon Valley experiences what looks a lot like dot-com crash 2.0 to
qualified observers. These large sites centralized the internet,
reducing its variety, and then embarked on a series of dubious decisions
including censorship, privacy violation, and statistics manipulation.
these companies are highly over-valued, their failings will
have ripple effects leading to a vast hole in
Western economies at the same time the housing market hits a slump.
Perhaps revitalized tariff-free Trump exports can plug it, but it will
be hard to recapture this much lost value.
the meantime, supermegabehemoth Amazon.com continues
to earn record amounts despite being one source of the destruction of
brick and mortar sales. However, it seems to have no plan other than
endless growth. This leads to a doomsday scenario where Silicon Valley
wipes out existing business, then collapses itself.
scenario could render our economy a smoking ruin at the same time
depriving customers of sources for the products once provided by
brick-and-mortar stores and the pre-centralization internet. That would
create a consumer spending paralysis and intensify the effects of the