March 21st, 2018
Many of the 180,000 readers who were subscribed to /r/DarkNetMarkets received some unfortunate, yet not surprising news yesterday. Reddit banned the largest darknet market-related discussion group on the internet, along with numerous other subreddits that held a reputation due to their content.
While Reddit has had issues with LE in the past over /r/DarkNetMarkets subreddit, it appears the ban was due to alleged violations of Reddit’s new rules…which was only updated moments before dozens of popular subreddits began to vanish.
At this time there is no update on whether or not LE had any influence in Reddit’s decision, but it’s unlikely as /r/DarkNetMarkets was most likely an invaluable intel gathering resource for LE.
While many subreddits were taken offline in this mass-ban, it’s clearly /r/DarkNetMarkets who will be missed the most due to the vital purpose they provided to the massive community of darknet users.
/r/DarkNetMarkets was a safe haven of unbiased information, where users didn’t have to worry about being censored for providing honest, and often critical feedback on scams and other shady activity at the hands of crooked markets and selective scam vendors.
The /r/DarkNetMarkets mods also kept a superlist of trusted darknet markets. /r/DNMSuperlist was a list of only the best…or at least mostly honest and safe darknet markets which was community-based with reports of scamming and security flaws. It served a very crucial role for the community, as it listed all the past issues each darknet market had run into, and there were little concerns of market staff buying their way on through a Reddit mod or biased information in liu of affiliate earnings. Something that is all too common with most competing subreddits and darknet news sites.
That being said, any members in the darknet community should heed caution over next coming days in anticipation of shady vendors or darknet market moderators who may take advantage of the lack of information and potentially lack of bad customer reviews during this situation. At least until a new online community builds itself back up. That being said, also be wary of any new subreddits that may pop up claiming to be the second coming of /r/DarkNetMarkets.
As of writing this article, there is still one popular subreddit that managed to escape Reddit’s ban hammer, /r/DarkNetMarketsNoobs.
EternalTurmoil, a moderator of /r/darknetmarketsnoobs posted this earlier today in regards to their subreddits lucky survival.