Oh, well that's reassuring.
So as you can imagine, it was quite a shock when I learned that the site's investment group were actually diehard Scientologists. A guy named Doug Dohring bought the company in 2000 and implemented a series of L.-Ron-Hubbard-based organizational structures that supposedly were used trillions of years ago, called the Org Board.
In case that sounds sinister as fuck, it was! One of the site founders, Donna Williams, was just as startled, and explained in a Reddit post about how Cruise & Co. actually bounced plans around to implement Scientology teachings directly into the site. That plan was shut down, because for some reason, Williams felt compelled not to expose millions of impressionable children to a cult (other than Disney). She even said that new hires were forced to answer strange questionnaires about which lines looked "friendlier" and weird shit like that. This must have caused some internal tension, because all of sudden in June 2015, the moderators stopped policing the forums and the profanity filters broke down, which likely resulted in more than a few awkward parental conversations about furries.
While this revelation is certainly creepy, I take some solace in the fact that apparently Scientology's super-secret structure of organization which has been passed down for millennia involves turning your homepage into one of those spammy sites that you get redirected to after accidentally clicking on a flashing banner ad.
Shit, this is owned by Nickelodeon now? How deep does this go?