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Reddit Bans – Pizzagate – We Don – t Want Witchhunts On Our Site, Zero Hedge

Reddit Bans “Pizzagate” – “We Don’t Want Witchhunts On Our Site”

As of earlier today, the subreddit, r/Pizzagate, was officially banned by Reddit which posted the following notice to their site:

For those not familiar with the movement, the “Pizzagate” subreddit was commenced by a group of Trump-supporting internet sleuths who were attempting to use WikiLeaks’ leaked Podesta emails to connect the Clintons and John Podesta to the convicted hookup offender, Jeffrey Epstein. That said, when the Podesta emails failed to expose a “smoking gun” linkage, the sleuths instead turned their concentrate to mulitple “pizza” references in Podesta’s emails which then led to the speculation that those “pizza” references must be code for something far more sinister.

According to the Washington Post, the “Pizzagate” sleuths are coaxed that the “secret headquarters of a child sex-trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton and members of her inward circle” is located in the basement of a Washington D.C. pizza shop called the Comet Ping Pong Pizzeria. The proprietor of the pizzeria, James Alefantis, says he has received numerous death threats over the past duo of weeks and has been compelled to go to the FBI for protection.

It has also led to some very real harassment of the people caught up in the theory, including the holder of the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in the District, James Alefantis. Alefantis has received hundreds of death threats over the past duo of weeks, he told the Fresh York Times this week, after Pizzagate enthusiasts determined that his restaurant was the secret headquarters of a child sex-trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton and members of her inward circle.

None of the frantically accusatory claims are true. Alefantis told the Times that he asked Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, YouTube and the FBI to help him stop the spread of the conspiracy theory, which uses photos of his own kids as “evidence.”

According to the Fresh York Times, Alefantis very first heard of Pizzagate after he commenced receiving menacing messages on Instagram and Facebook. Aside from some friendships with prominent democratic insiders like David Brock and Tony Podesta, Alefantis told the Times he’s not sure how this conspiracy theory got linked to his business.

None of it was true. While Mr. Alefantis has some prominent Democratic friends in Washington and was a supporter of Mrs. Clinton, he has never met her, does not sell or manhandle children, and is not being investigated by law enforcement for any of these claims. He and his forty employees had unwittingly become real people caught in the middle of a storm of fake news.

“From this insane, fabricated conspiracy theory, we’ve come under constant onslaught,” said Mr. Alefantis, 42, who was once in a relationship with David Brock, a provocative former right-wing journalist who became an outspoken advocate for Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Alefantis suspects those relationships may have helped to make him a target. “I’ve done nothing for days but attempt to clean this up and protect my staff and friends from being terrorized,” he said.

Mr. Alefantis mixes up with other Washington chefs and his establishment helped him to be named No. Forty nine in GQ magazine’s fifty most powerful people in Washington in 2012. His customers include some high-powered locals, such as Tony Podesta, the brother of John Podesta, whom Mr. Alefantis knows casually. Mr. Alefantis and Mr. Brock, who is the founder of Media Matters for America, a website that tracks press coverage critical of the Clintons and works to debunk misinformation in the conservative press, broke up five years ago.

While WaPo says the Pizzagate sleuths have failed to uncover any actual evidence of their accusations, the dismissal of their efforts by the media only seems to be strengthening their resolve.

“Pizzagate” has yet to produce any actual evidence for its utterly weighty and life-ruining accusations, but every debunking of its claims — including the one in the Times — has only wooed its believers that they must be right, and that the circle of pedophiles and sympathizers attempting to cover up their findings must be even thicker and more powerful than they imagined.

PLEASE take a long, hard look at the narrative you’re being spoon-fed, folks #censorship

The only reason Kanye was hospitalized is because he spoke up about #pizzagate

In fact, after the Reddit ban, one former moderator of the Pizzagate subreddit posted the following message on r/The_Donald:

Ultimately, we are not finished. Obviously the entire mod team and everyone else is tightening up our opsec and putting on our battle-armor. To those who pressured Reddit into this censorship: none of us are turning back. We have all made life insurance movies. We have all vowed to proceed this fight. You have only enlargened our number. This morning we were numerous, tonight we are legion.

Reading inbetween the lines, we’d say they’re not fairly ready to give up on Pizzagate.

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