Most people know that social media platforms can remove content posted by users. This is referred to as “content moderation.” But did you know they often secretly remove or demote content so that it appears to its author as if no intervention occurred? That is real censorship, the kind you don’t know about.

[Removed] intends to start conversations about the impacts of such secret or shadow moderation. Follow on Twitter @RemovedNews.

Robert Hawkins is the founder of, a website that lets people discover their secretly removed Reddit comments. You can reach him on Twitter or by email.

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Social media's secretly removed content and its impact on public perception.


Robert is a software developer and founder of He lives in Virginia with his wife, daughter, and their Formosan mountain dog.