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Top 10 most downvoted Reddit comments ever

Published: 26/Sep/2019 5:37 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 13:03

by Brent Koepp


Reddit is commonly known as “the front page of the internet”, with millions of users visiting the site every month to comment on hot topics such as video games, Twitch streamers, and YouTube videos.

With website traffic so enormous, it’s a breeding ground for many different beliefs, with debates and arguments happening on the daily. 


We’ve put together a list of the most downvoted Reddit comments, so you can see what can happen when a user faces a gigantic court of public opinion that doesn’t agree with them.

10. Jill Stein’s views on nuclear energy

RedditJill Stein’s comment.

In October 2016. US Green Party candidate Jill Stein conducted an ‘Ask Me Anything’ on the website when one of her answers to a user asking about why she was opposed to nuclear energy backfired.


In the reply, the physician stated that nuclear power was “dirty, dangerous, expensive and obsolete” because of its toxicity, citing examples such as the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents that saw mass devastation to reinforce her comment.

Users slammed the politician’s reply, stating that she’d been misinformed and her information was false, and the response collected almost 12,000 downvotes.

9. Bethesda’s Fallout 76 controversy

RedditPeople didn’t like Bethesda’s ‘generic’ response.

After Bethesda released Fallout 76 in November 2018, fans were unhappy with the performance of the online action role-playing game and aired their concerns online, with one player starting a thread on Reddit to complain about the developer’s lack of comment on the outrage.


The account for Betheda Game Studios replied to the post, simply stating that it was thankful for the assessment and is “always looking through posts, tweets, and comments for any and all feedback on the game.” 

Players were outraged by the generic nature of the response, and the comment ended up garnering 15,400 downvotes.

8. User defending Donald Trump

FOX News / RedditUsers didn’t like somebody defending the US President.

In November 2018, news outlet The Independent wrote an article about US President Donald Trump cancelling a visit to a First World War memorial because of ‘poor weather’ conditions, which ended up on the front page of Reddit.


People were outraged over the President’s decision not to attend, but one user decided to defend him in the comments, and stated “The president needs to be able to respond to a nuclear attack. The others don’t,” which led to them receiving 17,500 downvotes.

7. Lead Riot Games employee’s comments

Riot Games / RedditA Riot Games employee gathered some serious downvotes.

A lead member of Riot Games angered many after it was revealed that he’d made some inflammatory comments about Twitch streamer Tyler ‘Tyler1‘ Steinkamp in October 2017 in a League of Legends Discord server. The employee stated that “he [Tyler1] looks like a damn humunculous” and “honestly.. its fine he’ll die from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from all the steroids.. then we’ll be gucci.”


The comments made their way to the LoL subreddit where players were furious, calling for the member’s immediate firing from the company. He decided to respond to the post, and stated that it was his personal take and “I don’t speak for the company on live chat.. I’m my own person,” receiving 19,200 downvotes for the reply.

6. User asked for downvotes

Reddit: 96PhoenixA user literally asked for downvotes.

In 2017, a user of the me_irl subreddit posted a thread called “You can up vote this post only if you down vote my comment” and then commented a reply of a down pointing emoji.

While this is as far removed from a juicy reason as you could probably get, Reddit did its job and voted down the user’s post 35,600 times and the reply 23,400 times.

5. Spongebob Squarepants picture

Reddit: Bren12310Someone used Spongebob to gather a ton of dislikes.

Another less-than-interesting reason for one of the most hated comments follows off of the last: someone literally asked for it. In 2018, a person posted to the BikiniBottomTwitter page, stating that “You can only upvote this picture of spongebob if you downvote the picture of squidward that I’ll link in the comments.”

After posting a link to an image of the Spongebob Squarepants character in the comments section, it collected almost 37,000 downvotes, confirming that Spongebob’s coworker is in fact the lesser liked character in the show.

4. Homemade electric chair

Reddit: maximuspartridgeA bizarre comment for a bizarre device.

With what is probably one of the most bizarre comments on this list comes from back in 2018 after a user posted a photograph of a homemade electric chair they’d discovered while exploring an abandoned building in Croatia. 

It’s unclear as to why somebody went to great lengths to make the contraption, but it’s a scary thought all the same.

Many people in the comments laughed about the fact that a homemade device wouldn’t have anywhere near the amount of power as a real one, to which someone replied: “Try connecting the battery to your nipples or your genitals and keep it connected for a minute or two. Then tell me again that the current can’t hurt you.” 

The comment received almost 52,000 downvotes from the community.

3. Subreddit mod refuses to unban user

RedditA mod was criticized after refusing to unban a user.

On the subreddit for virtual tabletop games website Roll20 in September 2018, one user complained of being unfairly banned after a mod mistook them for somebody else of a similar name. Upon trying to resolve the issue, admins and customer support refused to double down.

The subreddit mod was later revealed to be the co-founder of the Roll20 company, and commented on the thread, stating “[I] stand with my account administration staff and our decision to maintain a subreddit ban due to the level of this escalation.” Outraged members of the community downvoted the reply over 59,700 times.

2. Helping Thanos achieve balance

Reddit: 1PerfectlyBalanced1Thanos achieved his goal… on Reddit, at least.

After the release of Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War in 2018, a member of the thanosdidnothingwrong community posted an image that said “Upvote this post, but downvote [original poster’s] comment to help achieve balance!”. 

This is a reference to the movie’s antagonist that *spoilers* decides to erase half of all living things to achieve a ‘balance’ across the universe.

People did indeed help Thanos balance things out, and downed the comment over 88,900 times. To quote the movie: “Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.”

1. EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II controversy

RedditBattlefront 2 players were less than satisfied with EA’s response.

Electronic Arts released the sequel to Star Wars Battlefront in November 2017, and straight off the bat, players complained about paywalls and microtransactions. It was this that really kicked off the debate of game developers including paid content in an already-paid-for game.

People were unhappy that they’d splashed $80 on a Star Wars title that had one of the series’ most popular characters, Darth Vader, locked behind a paywall, and complained on Reddit.

EA responded to the backlash, and stated that “The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes,” and “we’ll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay.”

Not satisfied with the developers’ reply, players down voted the response a whopping 667,800 times, making it the most hated comment on the whole website as of the time of this article.

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Twitch staff accused of tricking streamer into promoting brands

Published: 7/Oct/2020 21:28 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 21:34

by Alan Bernal


Twitch streamers are speaking out against the broadcasting platform for attempting to promote brands within individual chats. Content creators are slamming the practice, especially since they have no control of removing the adverts from their channel.

One longtime YouTuber and Twitch streamer who goes by ‘The Black Hokage’ noticed a staffer had dropped a message in his Chat. The purpose of the text, sent by ‘newcryka,’ was to have the streamer acknowledge the listed brand with 400 Bits attached to the post.


He immediately took issue with the move: “Yo, are you promoting something?… You got a Twitch staff symbol next to your name, are you promoting sh*t in my Chat?”

After posting the interaction on Twitter, more streamers slammed the apparent unsolicited advertisement from the streaming platform.


“Creators beware! Twitch staff is now going around donating spare change in an attempt to trick you into shouting out brands without proper compensation. Don’t fall for it,” The Black Hokage said.

Twitch partner and viral streamer ‘negaoryx’ responded: “Which is great, because we can’t moderate anything said by Twitch staff in chat, so we can’t even purge it… great…”

There is a function that lets people ‘/Clear’ their channels messaging log, which lets “broadcasters and chat moderators to completely wipe the previous chat history.” This feature doesn’t apply to messages from Twitch staff accounts.


However the means, content creators and the wider Twitch community got an indication that the streaming platform could experience more intrusive marketing campaigns.

Some believe that The Black Hokage’s clip could have been a Twitch advertisement staff member testing out a new form of social engagement tactics meant for branding – and the thought isn’t unfounded.

In early August, an outside company released how its latest marketing scheme made use of Twitch’s donation alerts to get a branded sound bite played on a streamer’s channel. Their video showed multiple instances of a Twitch account surprising streamers by donating $5 to get a brand’s name and current offerings played on their page.


The idea was immediately chastised for its way of engaging in promotion and sponsorship for a company without consulting or locking a paid deal with the individual streamer. However, despite inevitable backlash, advertisers are still trying out new methods of outreach.

The Amazon-owned streaming site has been incorporating more ways to engage audiences with branding promotions and advertisements.

Amazon solutions for ads have directly integrated Twitch channels and streamers in the past.

“Twitch video and display media, as well as new Twitch audiences, are now available for inclusion in Amazon Advertising campaigns, and Amazon audiences are available for inclusion in Twitch campaigns,” Amazon wrote. “We’re delighted to share that we are combining Twitch’s hard-to-reach and highly engaged audiences with Amazon Advertising’s integrated full-funnel advertising offering.

Days after Amazon announced it had added Twitch to its Amazon Advertising portfolio, the streaming site announced it was testing out mid-roll ads for channels. This too was vehemently criticized by everyone from Twitch streamers to viewers, and the idea was later abandoned.

Twitch has been experimenting with new ad campaigns that have drawn ire from viewers and streamers.

A feature that hasn’t gone back to the drawing board has been the picture-in-picture mode for ads that minimizes and mutes the main stream while playing a fullscreened promotion. This too was received with angst from viewers.

Twitch’s latest attempt at finding a more engaging way to introduce ads to its reported 17.5 million daily users has, again, created ire from its partnered content creators.

As Amazon and Twitch continue to create advertising solutions for its highly-valuable and impressionable audiences, the platform’s streamers will be on the lookout for more marketing tactics that look to benefit off of their communities.