The subreddit r/UpliftingNews has banned content from The Huffington Post, citing a “parasitic business model” which uses content from Reddit without attribution. The social site introduced “pressiquette” guidelines last month, asking news outlets to gain permission and attribute Redditors appropriately when getting stories from the site.
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.
In a comment on the thread, r/UpliftingNews moderator razorsheldon wrote: “[The decision] is somewhat bittersweet, as there are some HuffPo editors there that work very hard and are extremely ethical about the sources for their summaries. Unfortunately, they are few and far between these days…”
However, some commenters pointed out that Reddit itself is merely a content aggregator, and that the site should not expect different behavior from The Huffington Post. It is common practice amongst digital news sites to find content on Reddit — BuzzFeed is built on the practice.
this is a direct shot at BuzzFeed, which realistically cannot abide by reddit’s new rules if they want to stay nimble http://t.co/3Oxpv8FOCb
The Huffington Post has not responded to a request for comment.
The Huffington Post provided the following statement from Kiki Von Glinow, deputy managing editor:
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.