JAN 10, 2011 UPDATE: After Arizona shootings, HuffPost permitted the user profiled in this article to claim that all Tea Party members "should be executed," and accuse Sarah Palin of complicity in murder. Scroll for shocking screencaps at end.
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HuffPost's protection of the most egregious violators of its "policies" --- and its banning of non-violators --- often on a minute-to-minute basis====================
"Kokand" is another raving lunatic whom HuffPost enables, protects and emboldens to openly threaten and advocate violence against public figures and other users.
The documentation in this article demonstrates the fact that:
- HuffPost has permitted him to repeatedly claim that top energy company executives should be assassinated --- and to voice his willingness, skills and weapons to "take them out."
- He claims to be a former officer in the U.S. Navy, who possesses various military specification weapons, and the Special Forces training in how to use them. The avatar he uses, which he claims is a picture of him, shows a man in fatigues and with a rifle.
- He claims to work long hours as an analyst with a defense contractor, and as a writer of Marine Corps training manuals, yet spends 10-16 hours a day on HuffPost, every day, posting up to one comment every three minutes, straight through. It would be impossible for HuffPost's army of moderators --- who pre-screen every comment before it's published --- to not know exactly what he's doing, and that he's an extremely disturbed individual.
- HuffPost has permitted him to pathologically use extreme vulgarity and personal attacks against any user who dares to disagree with anything he says.
- Numerous users have repeatedly complained to HuffPost about "Kokand," while others mock him (suggesting he's an adolescent boy who has overdosed on playing military-oriented video games).
- In response, HuffPost has permitted "Kokand" to threaten these users that they are about to be banned from the site --- and invariably, within a few minutes to a few hours, that is exactly what happens.
- The vast majority of "comments" by "Kokand" are general to egregious violations of HuffPost's Comment Policy. Those containing threats are especially flagrant violations of this policy, which claims:
"(W)e do not allow... speech that advocates or supports hatred or unlawful violence (or) threats of violence or threats to anyone or any group's personal safety..."These threats and solicitations, and HuffPost's deliberate facilitation of them, may also be violations of federal law.
Examples of the comments submitted by "Kokand" containing threats and solicitations of murder, that HuffPost has reviewed, approved and decided to publish
Here are some examples of the "comments" that HuffPost has reviewed, approved and decided to publish by "Kokand":
“Take the CEO of BP and blow his brains out.
Tell all other oil CEOs, you have an oil spill, you get the same. No more oil spills will ever happen. Problem solved.”
“I volunteer to do him.”
"You just take th[e] CEO of BP out and shoot him.
Then you tell all the other oil company CEO's, next oil spill, you all get the same thing. Last oil spill ever.”
“I'd hunt you.”
Examples of HuffPost repeateldy fulfilling "Kokand's" open threats against other users that he's going to have them banned, for daring to complain about or mock him
Example 1, Dec. 31, 2010: The following screencaps show how "Pierre223" voiced objections to "Kokans's" threats, and mocked him. In response, "Kokand" threatened that he's going to have HuffPost ban him --- and boasted about having other users banned as well:
Within a few minutes of this encounter, HuffPost banned "Pierre223," but left "Kokand" free to continue.
Example 2, Jan. 8, 2011: At 10:48am, HuffPost was again enabling "Kokand" to claim that bankers should be murdered.
Note that at 10:50am, another user, "No_Retreat_No_Surrender," began to complain about, and mock him. Note that beneath each of "Kokand's" comments it says, "Flag Successful," meaning that NRNS was at least one of the users who hit the "Flag As Abusive" button at the bottom of each comment, which HuffPost claims its staff moderators "pay close attention to." Note also that at 10:55am, "Kokand" boasted about how many users he's had banned (which he refers to ask "socks")
12 minutes later --- at 11:07am --- HuffPost banned "No_Retreat_No_Surrender"...
... but left "Kokand" free to continue, as shown on this screencap, from more than 24 hrs later:
Proof that HuffPost allows "Kokand" to essentially "live" on the site, from 10-16 hours a day, every day, repeatedly posting his threats and solicitations of murder
The following screencaps, taken on December 29, 2010, show that in the previous 17 days (since he began posting), HuffPost had allowed "Kokand" to post 2355 in 17 days:
That's 138 comments per day, or 1 comment every six minutes for 12 hours straight, every day, straight through.
On December 19 alone, HuffPost allowed "Kokand" to post 200 comments in 10 hrs, or 1 comment ever three minutes for 10 hrs straight. During this one period, as PDF captures show*, HuffPost reviewed, approved and decided to publish his repeatedly urgings of the murder of 100 top energy company executives --- and his offers to do murder them, himself.
(*PDFs - 25 comments per page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Jan. 10 update: In wake of AZ shootings, HuffPost permitted "Kokand" to claim all Tea Party members "should be executed," accuse Sarah Palin of complicity in murder; A reminder of the fact that no comment appears on HuffPost without its approval
In the wake of the Jan. 8 shootings of Rep. Giffords and others, HuffPost continued to review, approve and publish "Kokand's" threats and calls for violence --- and now, even a thinly-veiled solicitation for the murder of Sarah Palin --- while up to or more than 70 other comments were stuck in "pending" (awaiting review, prior to publication):
"What happened in Arizona was a premediated assassination by a terrorist group. The Tea Party, aka, Teabag Liberation Front (TLF) should be immediately declared a terrorist organization. Membership in it, or support of it, should be a capital punishment crime. [...]
Every single person who identifies themselves with the TLF is guilty of this crime and should be executed"
[...] "Every progressive better buy a gun and learn how to use it, soon. Civil war is coming."
"Sarah [Palin] refudiates her being accessory to murder"
At a time like this, it's worth reviewing HuffPost's stated policy on comments:
Arianna Huffington, the site's co-founder and Editor-In-Chief, has repeatedly claimed that HuffPost is committed to keeping conversation on its comment threads "civil":
"If you're looking for the usual flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric ... don't bother coming to the Huffington Post."
- May 3, 2005
"We have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to abusive or hateful language or comments."
- March 20, 2008
From 2007 until early 2010, whenever outrageous user comments on news stories at HuffPost have occasionally been publicly exposed (examples 1, 2, 3), its management has emphatically claimed that they were all "accidents." They claimed that the site automatically publishes all comments on news stories as and when submitted, and the "bad" ones are only removed after-the-fact, once the site becomes aware of them ("post-moderation"). HuffPost's publicly-published Comment Policy also made this claim until mid-2010, as well.
Yet as we revealed in this special report, since early 2008 HuffPost has been fully pre-moderating every comment that is submitted to any page on the site. This means that that the only comments that appear on HuffPost are those that it has reviewed, approved, and decided to publish.
In fact, since early 2008 every comment page at HuffPost has contained some variant of the following status bar. It shows how many comments are "pending," meaning that they're being reviewed, and each is awaiting HuffPost's decision as to whether to publish or reject it. As noted, the status bar also states that only those comments that are "approved" appear on the site:
This was all confirmed by Ms. Huffington in a little-known July 2008 interview. When asked to identify the biggest mistake HuffPost made since its debut, she replied:
"From the beginning, I would have established a policy of pre-moderating all comments on the site. [...] Our comments on the news site were originally post-moderated (i.e., objectionable comments were removed only after our moderators were alerted). We eventually decided that it was worth the substantial effort and expense to have human pre-moderation on both blogs and news."
In a July 2010 Newsweek interview, Ms. Huffington reaffirmed the fact that HuffPost pre-moderates all user comments:
"Huffington credits her decision early on to moderate comments and keep things civil rather than allowing the typical Internet free-for-all. It’s a lot of work — HuffPo has 20 people who do nothing but weed out the nasties."
In mid-2010, HuffPost revised its Comment Policy to admit that its staff moderators' function is "to publish appropriate comments and delete inappropriate comments."
Right. For additional, detailed documentation of the culture of hate and danger that HuffPost knowingly facilitates and protects, please see these special reports:
- HuffPost enables, protects one of its “Community Moderators” to repeatedly threaten, call for murder of Boehner, Kochs, Cheney, others
- Part II: HuffPost enables, protects Moderators to post threats, solicitations of violence & death wishes
HuffPost's protection of the most egregious violators of its "policies" --- and its banning of non-violators --- often on a minute-to-minute basis