The awareness-raising site Collective Evolution was banned today on Reddit for asking some critical questions during NASA’s AMA.
With a very disturbing tone, Collective Evolution published a very disturbing story on their website with as headline “Reddit Permanently Deleted Our Account When We Asked NASA About Alien Life During AMA,” blaming Reddit for suspending Collective Evolution’s account for asking critical questions.
Surprisingly, a Twitter truth-hero emerged out of the blue and came with evidence demonstrating the website was not really ‘aware’ of violating the rules. The user HoaxEye on Twitter showed where it went wrong.
Collective Evolution is complaining about Reddit ban during NASA AMA. They got banned for vote manipulation. Not because of the question pic.twitter.com/HwBKNPmMqf
— HoaxEye (@hoaxeye) February 23, 2017
“We asked people in our private community to get involved in the AMA and support the question if they felt they wanted an answer to it as well,” says Collective Evolution.
A Dutch Internet user Joeri van Heijningen explains it in great detail, shared by David Milne on the official Facebook page.
The message of Collective Evolution is an incitement to manipulate the Reddit post. This is literally against the rules of Reddit.
In the rules of Reddit is clearly stated:
- Using multiple accounts, voting services, or any other software to increase or decrease vote scores.
- Asking people to vote up or down certain posts, either on Reddit itself or through social networks, messaging, etc. for personal gain.
- Forming or joining a group that votes together, either on a specific post, a user’s posts, posts from a domain, etc.
“Reddit mod here, fyi by doing this, you broke the reddit TOS “We asked people in our private community to get involved in the AMA and support the question if they felt they wanted an answer to it as well. Over the course of half an hour, the up vote count on our question reached about 20. This was an up and down swing between people up voting and down voting,” says ConspiracyMods in the comment section.
Despite the facts it’s about a rule violation, some conspiracy theorists believe that there is more going on and deny the facts. One follower of this website says the typical response “Never A Straight Answer” when it comes down to NASA. Others claims that this is censorship.
Eliminating an account for this reason is of course nitpicking, the perfect timing to dodge the question.