The editors of BuzzFeed have some (more) explaining to do. According to Gawker, more than 4,000 posts were deleted from the site in late April, which is — at the very least — odd. Especially for a site that keeps telling everyone how great it is.
As of now, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, Ben Smith, has refused to comment on the situation. He has however, tweeted a link to the BuzzFeed post “29 gloriously hilarious ways to use the poop emoji” multiple times this morning. Good to know Smith has his priorities in order.
Given that this comes after the site had to fire its viral politics editor Benny Johnson for 40 instances of plagiarism, one has to wonder: Were all those posts deleted because they also featured plagiarism?
In the past, BuzzFeed has said that posts are deleted from the site when they don’t meet the site’s editorial standards. Is that what happened here? Who knows! No one from BuzzFeed will explain themselves.
If you ask us, as time goes by, “BuzzFeed’s editorial standards” sounds more and more like an oxymoron.