I visited the sub just a few minutes before it got banned. Not because I wanted to watch the video but I just wanted to see what people were saying there about it.
Basically the mods said, stop posting links to the video because the NZ police has asked Reddit to remove it, and the admins had already gone in and deleted the submissions.
People were complaining about censorship, someone was saying he had the video and to PM him for it.
A few people were talking about the video and how it didn’t seem bad to them at all, like it reminded them of playing GTA (a sentiment I find pathetic and sickening).
Tbh, that sounds like all of the worst kind of wpd subscriber; people trying to be edgy and such. I lurked on that sub for a good while, drawn in by some absurd desire to be fucking horrified... And on most posts, especially ones involving terrorism and gang executions, the nastier and more incendiary comments were downvoted pretty heavily.
To be frank, I've been lurking in that sub for a year and the community over there really isn't that bad. It's not a bunch of psychopaths who like watching people die, it's just a bunch of people with an obscure curiosity in how it happens. You're right about the downvote part, if someone is showing no regard for the person's life or being indecent in some way, WPD downvoted then to shit.
Yeah anytime black people get posted the amount of n words and hoodrats being used is insane.
That place is a cesspool.
It really bums me out because I dont always remember it bring that way. I started following that sub in 2013, my roommates and I would get stoned and watch people fight in the McDonalds parking lot or whatever.
But in the lead up to the 2016 elections the content and tone of posts on that sub completely changed. Overt racism, which was always there to a lesser extent, became so prevalent in almost every post. I feel like the sub is actually better now in 2019 than during 2016, but I still see some disgusting comments on the regular.
Yeah I'll watch videos there sometimes but I don't stick around for discussion.
Hell, a lot of posts were from news sources, more often in other countries, but also from the US.
It reminded me of a variation of what I'd seen on TV - those shows that use to be like "worlds wildest police chases" and there is the one where the car just gets clobbered by a semitruck when he crosses a red light. The main difference was the subreddit allowed the more graphic posts that wouldn't be acceptable on TV (generally some type of gore). Sure, I'm not a fan of gore, but I understand why those posts are there.
The subreddit gets the same sort of curiosity fulfilled as /r/watchpeoplealmostdie, /r/hadtohurt, /r/wellthatsucks, etc with just a more known ending.
It's even worse, if you look at 4chan, where the videos have been posted many times, you will see the true depths of depravity these people sink to. They are cheering the death of innocent people because they happen to be Muslims, they have completely brought in to the "Muslim Invader" conspiracy theory.
I am truly worried about what else this sort of radicalisation will cause.