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Reddit Sleuths Are Taking A User To Task For Posting An AMA About Supposedly Meeting His PenPal After 15 Years

In a recent post to Reddit, a user by the name of u/pollutedmind22 shared a pretty remarkable story about a chance meeting that has users on the platform pretty riled up. Partly because it might just be too romantic to be true. 

“When i was 9, my elementary school had a penpal program, which would allow us to write letters to other 9-year-olds across the whole country. i was young and curious at the time, so i decided to send them a letter,” explained Reddit user u/pollutedmind22.

The user went onto further explained that his letter reached a girl who lived across the country. “Jane” as the user calls his panpal for privacy’s sake, lived near New Orleans while the Reddit user lived in Denver at the time. The two wrote to each other and got a long well enough that their parents decided to encourage their communications because they knew it would improve their writing. According to the Reddit user, the two talked about everything from their crushes to their studies and families. “We were as close as two people could be without meeting, explained. Things went along so well that the two wrote once a week. “I remembered how excited i would be waiting for the letter, and putting off everything to immediately reply to her. We both grew up together, and we confided all our problems with each other.” explained the user. 

According to the Reddit user in 2014, after around 10 years of writing manual letters, they decided to move to email, as it was faster to type and messages could be sent instantly.

Then, earlier this year the Reddit user began working in a restaurant as a side job while completing their studies. It so happens that when he started his work, he began working alongside a woman named Jane. ” I found it funny, and a hilarious coincidence, and thus i emailed Jane telling her so,” explained the user. “It was then she sent back an email telling me that she was the Jane in question. Apparently, she had just moved to Denver and hadn’t had time to tell me, and just happened to work at the same shop as I did. what are the odds!”

The Reddit user explained that they have been working together for around 8 months and became so close in real life that they started dating 2 months ago.

During the AMA portion of the Reddit poster, one user asked “What was the spirit and essence of these letters and emails that kept the pen friendship going for so long?”

In response, the original Reddit user explained. “We were both introverts, and thus writing was a way both of us could freely express ourselves. I was motivated to keep writing as her personality was just great, she was funny and confident, and we both could share our personal problems, and just talk about life. Honestly, the 15 years and nearly 1000 letters and emails passed so quickly, and i’m just so glad i participated in that program in the first place.” 

Q: What was your first impression of her in that coffee store when you still didn’t know that it was infact your penpal you were looking at. –sieberde

A: “honestly, i didn’t pay much attention and she was busy calling someone, my first actual confrontation the next day was awkward to say the least. we just stood and looked at each other for what must have been 5 minutes.”

Q: You say she told you it was in fact her in an E-Mail. Did she know that it was you from the mail you wrote or did she get the hint sooner?-sieberde

A: “After reading my email, she quickly sent one back asking if it was <insert restaurant name>, as she realised that her new co worker shared the same name as i. after around 2 emails later, we realised that we actually met each other in person.”

Q: Hows the decade been?

A: it’s been full of ups and downs, but we have always wrote to each other and consoled each other when stuff went wrong. i basically lived my conscious life with her, and we shared everything with each other. so the decade has been like a normal decade, but with a close friend that always stuck to me.

Of course, as is typical for Reddit boards, internet sleuths have pressed the user to prove the validity of this story. Particularly considering how cute it is and some various valuable points.

As one user pointed out “you expect people to believe that you and Jane are 24-year-old friends who are as close as you could be with someone you hadn’t met – and you never connected on social media? Never shared a photo?”

As another user pointed out, it seems odd that the Redditer’s friend would only share that she had moved to his hometown after the fact. Especially because they seemed to have grown so close in recent years 

“So a girl you’ve been writing letters to for a decade and a half moved to the same city as you and failed to tell you until she already got a job?” JayCroghan pointed out. “Alright, buddy. Not only applied for a got a job but management had time to let employees know.”

TBT on what the real story is here but we’ll be keeping you posted.

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Reddit Deletes ‘r/The_Donald’ SubReddit For Violating Terms Of Use On The Platform

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Reddit Deletes ‘r/The_Donald’ SubReddit For Violating Terms Of Use On The Platform

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Social media platforms are under a lot of pressure to target and regulate hate speech. Major platforms like Facebook have remained defiant despite studies showing that Facebook algorithm regularly suggests people to and monetize hate speech content and groups. Reddit, one social media giant, just delivered a major victory in the fight against social media hate speech.

The infamous subreddit “r/The_Donald,” which celebrated President Trump, has been banned.

The group on Reddit had more than 790,000 members who supported, defended, idolized, and praised President Donald Trump. The thread was filled with memes, viral videos, and comments in support of the president and his actions. Reddit executives officially banned the thread for violating parts of its terms and conditions.

The purging of “r/The_Donald” is part of a larger purging of political threads that violate hate speech terms and conditions.

“Reddit is a place for community and belonging, not for attacking people,” Steve Huffman, the company’s chief executive, said in a call with reporters, according to The New York Times. “‘The_Donald’ has been in violation of that.”

According to The New York Times, Reddit banned 2,000 threads spanning the political spectrum. One of the other groups is “r/chapotraphouse,” which is known for being an extreme socialist group driving people to Bernie Sanders. Chapo Trap House has gone so far as to release a manifesto specifically for anyone who feels alienated.

The subreddit is responsible for some of the most dangerous and debunked conspiracy theories in recent history.

In 2016, an insidious conspiracy theory spread through social media about a pedophile ring in Washington D.C. The pedophile ring was allegedly organized in the basement of a local pizza place and referred to as Pizzagate. However, the pizza place accused does not have a basement. Nevertheless, the conspiracy theory grew and spread until one man showed up armed with guns threatening the employees and patrons.

“r/The_Donald” users were angered by Reddit’s decision to take down a thread promoting the debunked conspiracy theory. Many claimed that Reddit was censoring the group trying to peddle the false story.

The removal of the subreddit is welcomed news to some.

According to The New York Times, Reddit executives had no option but to shut down the thread due to noncompliance. Officials for the social media platform had allegedly engaged with moderators of “r/The_Donald” to regulate users to adhere to terms and conditions.

“We’ve given them many opportunities to be successful,” Huffman told The New York Times. “The message is clear that they have no intention of working with us.”

READ: Reddit Sleuths Are Taking A User To Task For Posting An AMA About Supposedly Meeting His PenPal After 15 Years

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People Who Voted For Trump’s 2016 Election Opened Up About The Moment They Decided To Not Vote For Him In 2020

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People Who Voted For Trump’s 2016 Election Opened Up About The Moment They Decided To Not Vote For Him In 2020

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On Monday, a user on Reddit asked conservative users the question “Republicans who will not be voting for Trump this time around, what was the breaking point for you?” Unsurprisingly the question posted by u/BenTCinco prompted over 17 K comments from users and some pretty enlightening conversations about our commander-in-chief.

Check out the responses from users below.

When he attacked John McCain.

“In 2016 when he demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that he completely lacked any moral fabric by attempting to disparage McCain’s military record because he was captured.“- ImRightImRight

The disrespect and carelessness he showed BLM protestors.

“When he gassed a bunch of innocent protestors with teargas to get a picture of him holding a bible.” –kickpicket36it

When Mitt Romney voted for his impeachment.

“Pre-impeachment I was never all that angry. I never voted for him to begin with and I wasn’t planning to this year either. I did vote for mitt romney in 2016 and 2018 because I just like most of the work he does for my state, despite other things. I was surprised by his vote to impeach, and even impressed in a way. I knew he had committed career suicide by doing this, but the backlash he got state-side and from the Trump administration as well as the republican party as a whole was disgusting to me. When Mitt Romney was potentially exposed to COVID, and Trump sarcastically said, “Gee, that’s too bad.” All but expressing how little he cared if my representative lived or died. That was it. The president is dead to me until a new one is elected. Fuck Trump.” –NoonTide86

When he displayed his lack of understanding of actual science.

“Suppose we hit the body, with a tremendous light.” –Mjbass

When he showed how little he cared about the environment and our future.

“Stripping wildlife and environmental protections. Goodbye, investment growth, we had a good run. I’ll miss you.” – GPQ70

When he showed he had zero focus.

“It really pissed me off when like two days ago he made cub hunting legal in Alaska. Like WHAT IN THE GODDAMN FUCK. Not only is that fucking horrible, but I feel like changing hunting regulations is not exactly what a President should be focusing on with everything else going on right now.” –MountainDude95

When he despicably used George Floyd’s name in vain.

“This quote? ‘Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country. It’s a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody. This is a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality. It’s really what our Constitution requires, and it’s what our country is all about.'” – Annoy_Occult_Vet

His disastrous handling of the coronavirus.

“The final blow? Was his handling of the Corona Virus. Putting states at odds with each and the feds over medical supplies?” –mentaltease

His constant lies.

“The fact he appointed a oil exec to be the head of the EPA so it could be dismantled.. And that he lies constantly.. I left the GOP” – BRoodingENT

Not speaking out about police brutality.

“A relative of mine messaged me about a week after the George Floyd protests had been going to inform me that she had seen a post I made online about it and it moved her to tears. She told me she was no longer supporting Trump because he did not once speak out about police brutality and everything happening. I believe it is the fact that when she saw George Floyd’s death she saw her black family members in his place and realized she could no longer support someone who would let that happen. As much as I love her, her views have in the past been problematic and kind of racist which hurt me. It was a shock to me that she flipped so suddenly considering how awful he has been in the past, but I think when things become personal and threaten your family, it can be the one thing that shocks you into seeing the reality of things.” – Sirmoulin

When he threatened to shoot looters.

“Recently when he threatened to shoot looters. (I don’t support the looting, it’s just that the punishment shouldn’t be death.) Also when he said that the 75-year-old man who was pushed down was actually ANTIFA.”- Sirmoulin

And of course, his ridiculous Twitter tants.

“Annoying non-stop Twitter rants, egomaniac, lack of empathy, Divide and Conquer mentality, tyrannical White House Turn-Over Rate. Yeah, there’s typically some that resign in politics, but WOW. Front door is now a revolving door. Any high-ranking official that gets excited to work with/for him does and then goes running screaming (resignation) and then says he’s imbalanced, unethical, conniving, and devisive. All of his friends are either doing time in the Pokey aka Prison (too many to list) or dead (Epstein). He was just “inspecting the underground bunker”. Cowardly (and weird) walk to the DC church (surrounded by police, SWAT, USSS, and snipers) to hold the Bible upside down. He doesn’t give 2 shits about religion. I live near him. I can’t believe what he said about POW John McCain. He likes people ‘who don’t get caught.’ ‘Punch him in the face; I’ll pay your legal fees.’ We’ve gotten a good picture now about exactly how this maniac rolls and it is not good. When the country is going to hell in a hand basket and we need to hear from our leader (Presidential Address), he’s absent or says something super fucked up on Twitter to make the situation worse. We need someone A LOT more emotionally and mentally mature to deserve residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and properly handling the economy like a BOSS, nurturing peaceful and strong foreign relations, and creating as a leader an environment for us, for the people of the United States of America to feel that we are UNITED and all in this TOGETHER to make this the fantastic and strong nation that it is. I didn’t vote for either candidate last election. It was like voting for Dumb or Dumber (PALM BEACH) Registered Independent NPA I didn’t want to, thought the Democrats all looked ridiculous, but now voting for Biden.”

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