At their core, internet forums like Reddit work because they are centered around a democratic ideal. The content that makes the front page is whatever is most liked by the community. In theory, each website user has one vote and majority rule decides what content wins and what content loses. However, as malcontents run bots on sites like Reddit (as well as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter), the process that makes these websites great is being tested. As a single user votes 150 times or automates thousands of comments to shift public opinion, the democratic procedure becomes eroded.
Nov-8-2018, 19:58:32 GMT