HuffPost's protection of the most egregious violators of its "policies" --- and its banning of non-violators --- often on a minute-to-minute basis
Compared to the other egregious violators that are contained in the above report, "Coinyer101" is a relatively mild case of a radical leftist that HuffPost has enabled, protected and emboldened. Since July 2008, HuffPost has permitted him to post more than 30,000 comments, many of which contain violations of its Comment Policy and Terms of Service, such as:
- Off-topic comments
- Vulgar attacks on conservatives
Two events, days apart in April 2010, however, reveal how HuffPost really operates --- as opposed to its public proclamations:
April 24, 2010: HuffPost permitted "Coinyer101" openly boasted of his felonious cultivation and distribution of marijuana, and obstruction of justice in providing federal law enforcement personnel with incomplete information
As noted in this detailed report, since March 2008, HuffPost has been pre-moderating all user comments --- meaning that none are published without it having reviewed and approved them in advance. Further, Section 3(iii) of HuffPost's Terms of Service states that the site prohibits users from:
"submit(ting) material that is unlawful... or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense.. or violate(s) any law, or is otherwise inappropriate"
Yet on this day, on a "news" thread dedicated to Goldman Sachs' emails --- HuffPost reviewed, approved and decided to publish "Coinyer101's" open admission of his felonious drug activities, and more:
And yet, only five days later...
April 29, 2010: HUFFPOST MADE "COINYER101" A "MODERATOR"
On this day, Arianna Huffington published a blog article in which she announced dramatic changes to HuffPost's comment system, highlighting the fact that certain users have now been made "Community Moderators." She claimed that this is an effort to help HuffPost:
- Keep its comment threads free of "objectionable* (and) inappropriate* comments"
- Maintain a "civil... (and) non-toxic" commenting environment*
(*see HuffPost's Comment Policy and Terms of Service for the standards against which comments are to be judged.)
And on that day, not only did HuffPost decide to make a "Coinyer101" a "Community Moderator," it made him a "MODERATOR," meaning that they've given him the ability to help remove comments by other users:
Again, compared to "kevenseven," "HumeSkeptic," "richmisty," "Rampage" and others, "Coinyer101" is a fairly benign violator of HuffPost's policies.
But the fact that HuffPost has chosen to enable, protect and embolden a user such as him --- while censoring and banning non-violating users (almost invariably conservatives) after as few as six comments --- lays waste to its repeated claims of how diligently it works to keep its comment threads free of violations of its Comment Policy and Terms of Service.