Friday, August 23, 2013

Buzzfeed gets sucked into the "pro-life" movement

We all love and hate Buzzfeed, to various extents. The community is mostly link-bait lists, with the occasionally in-depth post. And Copyranter is pretty cool.

But the very structure of Buzzfeed — a community with an insatiable hunger for new content, and upvoting by members, makes it vulnerable to organized political takeover.

And that's what has apparently happened with the "personhoodusa" account. Political posts like 8 "Outrageous Things Planned Parenthood Was Caught Doing" and "5 Incredible Videos Of Life In The Womb" are appearing in the stream alongside "27 Everyday Decisions That Twentysomethings Are Really Bad At Making" and "The Spiedie Is A Perfect And Important Sandwich".

I'm sure Buzzfeed is just trying to stay out of anything serious, but considering they have a dedicated LGBT section, people might have assumed they were pretty progressive. Now that the anti-abortion posts are starting to cause some blowback, it will be interesting to see how they respond.

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