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Thursday, July 31, 2014

ReaganBook Is Dead

Posted by on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 2:24 PM

On Tuesday, I told you about ReaganBook, the new social network for conservatives. ReaganBook's biggest selling point was that it could be a home for conservatives who have been flagged for hate speech after posting anti-gay tirades on Facebook. "They kick people off for having an unpopular belief like being in favor of [straight] marriage," founder Janet Porter said when she introduced ReaganBook.

By Tuesday night, ReaganBook was full of internet pranksters starting accounts for Manuel Noriega and Barack Obama and God and Adolf Hitler and the devil. They were posting .gifs of all kinds of porn—gay porn mostly, but because this is the internet also scat porn. The few people complaining about "liberal trolls" were mocked endlessly by sarcastic right-wing parodies using ALL CAPS and obvious misspellings. It was the sort of beautiful, ugly madness you find when the internet comes across a shiny white wall with "Do Not Graffiti" signs posted all around it.

I wish I'd taken screen grabs of the whole site, because now ReaganBook is offline. Going to the site only brings up this message:

Thank you to all those who participated in the pre-release of Your participation is helping us build a more secure site. Thank you! Please be patient while we make the necessary changes to keep the site free from obscenity, pornography, and those intent on the destruction of life, liberty, and the family. We will be opening the doors again soon with additional protections in place. As Reagan taught us, trust, but verify.

This from the site that started as a protest of another site's speech rules? So much for free speech! You know, I can remember when ReaganBook used to mean something.


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originalcinner 1
It died of irony.
Posted by originalcinner on July 31, 2014 at 2:45 PM · Report this
I registered just to have a look around--I didn't even stay long enough to find the sincere users to troll. Holy crap was that a poorly-designed and slow website though. Plus, I went as Joseph McCarthy thinking it'd be fun, but don't know enough about the man to really add depth to the character.
Oh well, could'a been fun for a while.
Posted by justsomebody on July 31, 2014 at 2:51 PM · Report this
Call me Scott 3
'Trust but verify' is an old Russian proverb. How utterly fitting for a nut-bag full of fascist revisionist delusionals.

From Wiki: " . . .at the signing of the INF Treaty, on 8 December 1987, his counterpart General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev responded: "You repeat that at every meeting," to which Reagan answered "I like it." While Reagan quoted Russian proverbs, Mr. Gorbachev quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Give me a President who can quote Emerson, anytime.
Posted by Call me Scott on July 31, 2014 at 2:54 PM · Report this
Unregistered User 5
A (nearly completely) uncensored public message board already exists. Tell them to go over to 4chan.
Posted by Unregistered User on July 31, 2014 at 4:39 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 6
One would have expected over twenty years of megalomania and dementia first.
Posted by Original Andrew on July 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM · Report this
It was a fleeting pleasure to have you as an online amigo, Paul. Thanks for the hat tip,
Manuel Noriega
Posted by SwissMiss on July 31, 2014 at 4:45 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 9
Uh..I was Adolph Hitler. Thought after I was on the Landover Baptist Church public forum a few years back as Purge the Unfaithful I thought I'd take my conservative character to a totally new extreme on the right.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on July 31, 2014 at 5:45 PM · Report this
care bear 10
You must be so proud of yourself, Paul.
Posted by care bear on July 31, 2014 at 6:13 PM · Report this

I hope he's at least as proud as Sean Hannity was when gloating over glitches with the ACA website. Of course, those issues were fixed, so if I were you I'd hold off on the schadenfreude at least until ReaganBook comes back online; assuming it ever does, of course.
Posted by COMTE on July 31, 2014 at 9:03 PM · Report this
Fistique 12
It'll only have receded into the darkweb, you know.
Posted by Fistique on August 1, 2014 at 8:37 AM · Report this

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