Reddit finally bans hate speech

@ 2020/07/01
The_Donald is purged

Reddit first launched as an online discussion site in June 2005 and it has taken 15 years to officially ban hate speech and groups that promote it.

A revised Reddit content policy, announced Monday, explicitly states that groups or users that "incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability" are prohibited.

"Everyone has a right to use Reddit free of harassment, bullying and threats of violence," it said. With the updated content policy, Reddit is initially banning about 2,000 subreddits, most of which are inactive, the company said.

Included in the purge is The_Donald, a pro-Donald Trump forum notorious for users posting racist, misogynistic, anti-Islam and anti-Semitic content.

In 2015, Reddit adopted a new content policy and banned several blatantly racist subreddits. But until today, the official rules still did not explicitly forbid hate or racist forums. Reddit CEO/co-founder Steve Huffman, in an post about the new policy, said "I admit we have fallen short" in supporting the site's communities and moderators with respect to adopting a comprehensive anti-hate policy.

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