Reddit! Huh, isn’t the Huffington Post in trouble with Reddit? Indeed it is: A Guardian story notes that a subreddit — one of 7,800 sections of Reddit — has banned Huffington Post articles after some allegedly unpleasant experience with the site’s good-news editors. Allow the r/UpliftingNews subreddit to explain itself:
PSA – HuffingtonPost articles are no longer welcome in r/UpliftingNews and will be immediately removed moving forward(self)
While this rule is effective immediately, the decision has been looming for some time now. Simply put, a few of the HuffingtonPost Good News Editors have been sourcing stories from this subreddit for quite a while without any attribution to r/UpliftingNews, to reddit.com and in some cases, even to the original journalists or bloggers whose stories were shared here (and in other subreddits).After being prompted, they have recently become unapologetic about this, and instead embrace a parasitic business model that monetizes content created by others through condensed summaries without any ethical standards or creative attribution. Moving forward, we will no longer support this here, and will instead encourage support for the hard working journalists and bloggers finding and writing about the great people and actions happening all around us.That said, if you find a great story through a reblogger or from elsewhere that would be enjoyed and appreciated here, please feel free to share the link to the original source instead. I know the journalists will appreciate this, as this is not only how they get paid, but they have been rather vocal about “re-bloggers” in the past (albeit privately for a number of reasons).I realize this might not be a very Uplifting post to some (though others might find it so), but we want to make sure we are being transparent here and explaining our reasoning. We’re more than happy to address any questions or concerns in this the comments, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Bold text added to highlight the parts of the statement that really sting the Huffington Post, which in its formative years — it was founded in 2005 — sustained a great many complaints about over-aggregation and copyright abuse. Speaking of which, Reddit has published a “pressiquette” page of guidelines on using content from the massive site. “If you see an interesting story or photo on reddit, message the redditor who shared the piece to ask for their permission prior to using it in an article or list, ask how they would like it to be attributed, and provide them a deadline before you move on to another story,” read the guidelines, in part. Still: “[E]ach subreddit has its own team of moderators with their own individual requests & policies,” notes Reddit spokeswoman Victoria Taylor.
What does the Huffington Post have to say about this? Innocent as charged, claims a statement from Kiki Von Glinow, deputy managing editor of the Huffington Post:
We value Reddit and respect the community when sourcing content. The Huffington Post abides by the existing Reddit pressiquette. It is our policy to credit Reddit when we report on a story that we learned about through their platform, and reach out to Redditors when we’re interested in incorporating their original content into our coverage.
A Huffington Post source says that the dispute originated over this story, titled “This Homeless Man Has Nothing, Yet Still Finds A Way To Give Back Every Day.” Other sites aggregated the story, too, and Huffington Post found it through non-Reddit means, linking to the original source, Incendiary Films.