Reddit bans pro-Trump forum in hate-speech crackdown

Cheryl Sanders
June 29, 2020

Hopefully this level of enforcement will help to make Reddit a more inclusive website, and will help prevent the company itself from profiting off of hate speech.

The second violation, cited by Twitch, referred to a portion of Trump's recent rally in Tulsa, Okla., where he outlined a scenario of "a very tough hombre" breaking into a sleeping woman's house at night.

"All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith", Reddit said.

Reddit banned a total of 2,000 of these forums, or subreddits, most of which it said were inactive or had few users.

Twitch said the offending comments aired on the channel included Trump's remarks from 2015 saying that Mexicans coming into the United States were "bringing drugs", "bringing crime" and were "rapists". "We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity".

Bezos, who during the 2016 presidential campaign offered to send Trump to space using his rocket venture, has generally refrained from responding to Trump's missives after he took office. Facebook's decision triggered internal strife at the social media behemoth and sparked a major advertising boycott that has seen brands, including Verizon and Coca-Cola, pull messages from the platform.

The move comes with online platforms facing pressure to crack down on hateful content, including from the president, amid a broad movement to address racial equity in the wake of police killings of African-Americans.

Twitter came under fire from the president for adding a fact-check to one of his tweets and hiding another last month. Today, the company announced that it has banned about 2,000 subreddits, including one of the most prominent pro-Trump forums, r/the_donald.

Reddit already dealt a major blow to the pro-Trump subreddit previous year by severely restricting its visibility and functionality over "repeated rule-breaking" through a process known as quarantining.

Reddit also banned r/chapotraphouse, a community based around a political podcast of the same name.

When Trump's team started his account on the site past year, Twitch informed the team that the company wouldn't make exceptions to its content policy for political or newsworthy content, the spokeswoman said.

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