Major subreddits are going dark to protest Reddit allegedly hiring a controversial UK politician – Adi Robertson

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Hundreds of Reddit communities have locked down to protest Reddit’s handling of a controversy involving former UK politician Aimee Knight. More than 200 subreddits have set their status to private in the past day, including the 27 million-member forum r/Music, as well as large boards dedicated to Apple Mac computers and the games Among Us and Pokémon Go.

Moderators are demanding a statement about Knight, whom Reddit apparently hired in recent months. Knight was previously suspended from the Green Party after selecting her father — later convicted of violent sexual assault on a child — as her election agent in a 2017 political campaign.

As Reddit moderator Blank-Cheque’s…

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