Monday, June 29, 2020

Reddit bans pro-Trump forum in crackdown on hate speech

Reddit said Monday it has banned a long-time forum used by President Donald Trump supporters as part of an escalation of its efforts against hateful conduct, a move that arrives as the social media industry faces a public reckoning over its handling of incendiary posts by the president. 

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman announced in a post that r/The_Donald channel, which boasted more than 790,000 subscribers as of earlier Monday, has been shuttered for frequent rule-breaking, for antagonizing the company and other communities and for failing to “meet our most basic expectations.” Huffman said it’s one of about 2,000 newly banned subreddits, including at least one prominent progressive community, as part of a broader crackdown aimed at “closing the gap between our values and our policies to explicitly address hate.” The ban took effect at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

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