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Reddit Revolts After Moderators Delete United Airlines Video

Reddit Revolts After Moderators Delete United Airlines Video

MOTHERBOARD --

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.

 

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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.

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