Reddit Revolts After Moderators Delete United Airlines Video
As an act of protest against moderator censorship, Redditors have flooded the /r/videos subreddit with posts purporting to show United Airlines malfeasance through the years.
Monday, the moderators of /r/videos deleted a viral video that showed doctor David Dao violently dragged off an overbooked flight from Chicago to Louisville. The video was quickly upvoted on the /r/videos subreddit, which has more than 15 million subscribers and often shows up on Reddit’s front page. But moderators of the subreddit determined that the video violated a rule banning videos that show “police brutality or harassment” and “videos of assault/battery.”
The removal of one of the most-discussed videos in recent memory didn’t sit well with Redditors, who began flooding the subreddit with videos of the aftermath of Dao’s assault that didn’t violate those two rules.
Redditors have also started posting other United Airlines-related videos, including a 2012 video showing a United Airlines employee calling a military veteran a “retard,” a new story about United Airlines kicking an autistic girl off a flight, and a video in which a woman blames United Airlines for killing her dog. Videos about United Airlines now make up nearly the entire front page of the subreddit.