"Reddit’s latest Series F of $410 million dollars was funded by two lead investors. Fidelity Management and Research and Khaira Capital."
The only source I could find that company is involved is crunchbase, which anyone can edit.
/R/the_donald was consistently getting bullshit content to the front page using bots.
If you're pro free speech you'll need to answer towards the onslaught of bot based content generation and fake users
I had a weird one on Reddit the other day, and in thinking back, I rather wish I had saved it than just reporting it.
There were a comment under one post from 2 different users that was exactly the same. It was a somewhat well though out comment on the shorter side so it caught my eye. When I looked at both the accounts they had the exact same post history, but this was the only comment on the same thread. The other comments were dups of each other on different threads, and they didn't appear to post on the same posts anywhere else in their history.
There was otherwise no other information that would have pointed at them performing any bot like behavior.
Just curious, how do you know for a fact that bots were involved in boosting the content? I mean, I'm sure that's possible, it's just that the level of energy/enthusiasm there among the users was extremely high to the point that I think it's reasonable to think that the subreddit's success was mostly just people being enthusiastic and wanting to upvote everything.
As far as bot based content-generation goes, that seems a little far-fetched to me given the level of humor and quality of the memes. Human humor to that level seems beyond reach of whatever technology was state of the art in 2015-2016 or even now.
I've watched this tab for many years because it strikes the right balance between new and interesting content.
During the trump election. Everyday there were multiple posts to the sub getting upvoted and this went on for months.
Also, multiple people analyzed the content voting for that subreddit and it significantly deviated from every other major subreddit.
I get you're trying to claim "there's no way to be statistically certain" but the evidence in the Mueller report and elsewhere makes it clear, internet propaganda is a real problem and is documented.
Here are 2 ways to look at this. There's no way to prove which viewpoint is correct, but anybody who spent time there will know exactly what I'm talking about.
1) One way to explain this is bots.
2) Another way to explain this is you actually saw genuine enthusiasm for the first time. As somebody who has spent a long time on the Internet, I've never seen a large forum like that devoted to some cause that was basically a 24/7 party-like atmosphere with genuine extreme enthusiasm and people having fun shit-posting, not worrying about political correctness, and making memes. If it was the case that the enthusiasm was indeed an outlier, then the level of activity would also be an outlier.
In light of actual evidence, how one interprets this is pretty subjective and minds are already made up. You be the judge, but I think the answer is obvious.
But eventually the push to gentrify reddit from the venture capitalists demanding profit on their millions made reddit corporate start banning even completely legit, but unprofitably controversial, subreddits. I left after they banned r/gundeals for having the temerity to exist and post links to and discuss firearms and firearm accessory deals online.
All the bot stuff you're talking about came well after the gentrification and switch to user profile centered posting to absorb the Facebook refugees. It seems like the Facebook bots just followed the Facebook users to reddit.
The problem is when a forum becomes a synthetic medium for shills.
It is absurd to say that the problem started with robot or mechanically generated content. They haven’t ever been effective or smart in developing content policies that work.
There is just the racism reddit moderation agrees with and the racism reddit moderation doesn't agree with, the misogyny reddit moderation agrees with and the misogyny reddit moderation doesn't agree with.
So when you're claiming that reddit moderations are reasonable, you're just claiming they agree with who you allow and who you doesn't allow being the target of bigotry.
I consider porn a form of misogyny for instance, reddit allows porn, and some very depraved form of porn, so don't claim reddit has reasonable terms of services and fights "bigotry", you just don't care about the former.
there is no "transparent gotcha attempt" and it's the op who is making an assumption by using the word "reasonable", it's a qualitative argument the OP is making and it's also called "projection".
it's like you're giggling behind your computer, attempting at rooting out imaginary trolls that only exist in your mind.
Of course they did make a value judgement, it's them qualifying whatever TOS on a bunch of depraved porn ridden websites in the realm of the "reasonable". Reddit made no such statement at first place anyway...
Not only are an alarming number of people against free speech, some of them are very powerful. One is even in charge of Biden's new Ministry of Truth.
Also, I remember how 2 years ago the breaking story about the emails found on Hunter Biden's laptop implicating Joe Biden in a Ukrainian money laundering scheme was "completely made up by Russians" and talking about it got you banned from every major social media site. Until it turned out to be legit, which it always was. So would that have been banned due to racism or nazis or transphobia or...some other made up reason to justify banning the discussion of it?
Dear Octonian, users were banned left and right for suggesting Covid was a lab leak or for making their case for why vaccines were problematic. It isn’t just banning if extreme ideas and race, sex, and religion.
They banned the president of the United States. It’s about power and controlling the propaganda messaging apparatus.
In this case the president repeatedly broke the rules by posting lies and dangerous misinformation. Even given that, his account was allowed to continue to break the rules for far longer than normal peoples would have been.
The owner(s) of the platform or service. As per the terms of service you agreed to in exchange for an account on that platform or service.
I'm just pointing out that the slippery slope argument of "who gets to decide what is an isn't disinformation" on a specific platform which always gets brought up in this case has an obvious answer.
The platform is pressured to arbitrate a certain way and is a political tool. Musk opening up speech will be a breath of fresh air.
The lab leak hypothesis - or rather the various theories and conspiracies that get grouped under that banner - remain just that as far as I know. I'm willing to consider it misinformation given that the obvious purpose of much of it was to implicate that the Democratic Party/WHO/Fauci in some kind of bioweapons conspiracy or feed off of anti-Chinese xenophobia. But certainly, given that it remains unproven, I would consider claims to the contrary to be misinformation.
And... what about them? Were they lined up against a wall and shot or something? Were they sent to camps? Were their homes raided and their literature burned? As far as I can tell discourse in this area never even faltered anywhere online, it continued and continues unabated still.
Or a press release went out and was republished by 2 different places. This happens often. Sometimes they'll get reworded and sometimes not.
Edit: republished has 1 'l'
From Reddit’s press release (https://www.redditinc.com/blog/reddit-secures-funding-to-con...):
> We will raise up to $700 million in Series F funding, led by Fidelity Management and Research Company LLC. and including other existing investors, at a post-money valuation of over $10 billion.
This could just be a wealthy family office, I have first hand knowledge of one such company that would have no website or information online other than a few things in filings but manages several billion dollars.
If the totally unsupported claim that it was dirty money in the first place, it makes even more sense to spend money to become legitimate himself. The only evidence was his last name, no idea if it's common, is shared by someone who is claimed to be a drug kingpin in an online article.
Certainly a rich young man investing in something he believes in sounds more plausible than Reddit cooking the books and doing so in such a spectacularly bad way.
My hope this will blow up a bit so we get more information (it's in the public's best interest to know more). This is the way all "conspiracy theories" should go, at least those with credible theories to test.
It was astonishing that someone who by their own admission was working part time at a gas station making less than minimum wage did more due diligence than anyone they had worked with including a number of three letter agencies.
The post has since been deleted and the account banned.
I guess what I’m saying is that you can’t assume it’s somehow nefarious based on this profile. Also at least one result for Khaira explicitly says it’s a family fund.
Edit to add: Huh, it's not showing. Normally it would - https://www.reveddit.com/v/conspiracytheories/comments/up1cw...
This is Larry Ellison's real estate and investment company: http://www.lawrenceinvestment.com/index.php
Waren Buffet's https://berkshirehathaway.com/ is also famous.
Keeping somewhat low profile is quite normal for these investment firms.
Once again proving that the moderation model of Reddit also completely ruins reddit 95% of the time
I bet anyone will answer: "surely not!" and than the point: why we do not came back to Usenet quickly instead of keeping up such services who happen to be unbalanced in usefulness terms?
I get the feeling the police state actually wants more violence and crime and therefore encourages it quite frequently. Slavery is legal as long as someone is in jail or prison. They have people working for less than $1/hr just for some extra snacks and perks.
Also the "general" Reddit opinion on topics tends to skew super pseudo-intellectual and shortsighted.
One remarkable thing here is the difference between comments and up-votes. It's not unusual to see a post trending where the top comment directly undermines the idea expressed in the post. Either by pointing out it's falsehoods or logical inconsistencies.
It's visceral and easily understandable: "somebody is being hurt and shouldn't be, be outraged", or "somebody is being hurt and should be, feel some schadenfreude" both work.
It also feels important and it's easy to understand. Compare, eg, "ZFS Without a Server Using the Nvidia BlueField-2 DPU". A very tiny percentage even knows what is being talked about, and even being an IT pro I don't without reading (a filesystem without a server? What's a BlueField-2 DPU?). And then considerable effort is needed to read such an article and think about whether it actually says something interesting, and whether something is badly wrong somewhere.
So content almost unavoidably gravitates towards subjects that don't require technical understanding, or thought. Outrage is also good for maximizing clicks and passing the link around.
It used to be filled with porn. Not sure why it switched from porn to violence.
- The investor, Khaira Capital is run by "Jivteshwar Khaira" who is allegedly an 18yo "Wonderkid", his linked in just has a picture of a Rolex watch
- The other "employees" of the company are also blank
- The website is mostly blank
- There are a few news articles about him, but two are duplicates, the one I read sounds like it was a PR publication.
- There is someone called "Sukhpal Singh Khaira" who is allegedly a drug kingpin, no idea if they are related.
As someone else said, it sounds like a wealthy family office.
Reddit is being funded by a fake company.
Reddit’s latest Series F of $410 million dollars was funded by two lead investors. Fidelity Management and Research and Khaira Capital.
Who is Khaira Capital? That’s a good question. They basically don’t exist.
The CEO and CIO are listed as Jivteshwar Khaira. Finding information on Jivteshwar Khaira is very difficult. He is supposedly an 18-year-old boy genius, yet somehow has zero identifying photographs and almost zero information publicly available. His Linkedin profile is simply a picture of a Rolex watch and his account is set to private.
In addition, Khaira Capital is listed on their Series F filing as having 51-100 employees, yet not a single one other than Jivteshwar has a profile on LinkedIn. The only contact information whatsoever is listed as the founder himself at email@example.com.
The company’s website is https://www.khairacapital.com/. It is mostly blank pages with zero information.
I was only able to find 4 articles about Jivteshwar. Three of them were written on Jan 9, 2022. The other was written on Jan 10, 2022. What an odd coincidence that three completely independent news agencies wrote publications about Jivteshswar within 2 days of each other, shortly before Reddit received millions of dollars in funding from his company.
In addition, two of these articles are identical, while supposedly having been written by 2 different people at 2 different news sources. Jasmine Andrade from Clear Publicist and Christopher Harpur of Daily Scanner somehow wrote identical articles about Jivteshwar on the same day.
In these articles, Jivteshwar is described as a boy-genius, a wunderkind, a self-taught engineer and philanthropist, yet somehow no photographs whatsoever of this amazing person could be found online. His accomplishments include:
· Pledged $100M to Columbia University.
· Funded 18 schools in countries with low income families in Indonesia, Bali and Chad.
· Designed a prototype electric plane.
· Maintains strong relations with people on Wall Street (misnamed as Wall Avenue in the articles) and in Silicon Valley.
· While just a teenager, made a quantitative, very long-shorter equity tactic that runs an automatic basis on his laptop or computer. (No clue what this means, but that’s what is written)
· Helped fund some nonprofits in Africa so that they could import covid vaccines and set up free vaccination clinics in low income neighborhoods. We calculate that his contributions have led to about 10,000 people getting vaccinated and about 20,000 free tests being administered.
· organized groups and put together the funds to set up 22 free testing centres in northern India, along with 18 free vaccination clinics as a way to combat the pandemic. For this, he was awarded a commendation by the chief minister and governor of Punjab, and got to meet the prime minister
All of these amazing accomplishments were reported within 2 days of each other, yet know information about this astounding individual can be found anywhere.
In my research, I also googled "Khaira family corruption" and came across this article
which describes Sukhpal Singh Khaira as a drug kingpin. Is this a relation to Jivteshwar Khaira? I don't know, but it would describe where the money comes from.
All in all, what is blatantly clear is that Jivteshwar Khaira and Khaira Capital do not exist. They are a fake company covering up where Reddit's money is actually coming from and some real investigation needs to be done about this.