Reddit Bans The_Donald, Forum Of Nearly 800000 Trump Fans, Over Abusive Posts
Reddit Bans The_Donald, Forum Of Nearly 800,000 Trump Fans, Over Abusive Posts
Reddit announced on Monday that it is shutting down a forum dedicated to President Trump's most ardent fans, saying it repeatedly violates the online platform's rules against harassment, hate speech and content manipulation.
The community forum, known as a subreddit, was called The_Donald and had nearly 800,000 users. Trump himself has been known to share memes that posted to The_Donald and other parts of Reddit.
Long a magnet for conspiracy theories and sharp attacks on the president's critics, The_Donald has faced backlash before. Reddit has taken action over content encouraging violence and had threatened to block the subreddit completely if the moderators — who are volunteers — did not take down the abusive material.
Now, officials at Reddit have determined that the forum where die-hard Trump fans congregate online cannot police itself.
"Reddit is a place for creating community and belonging, not for attacking marginalized or vulnerable groups of people. Everyone has a right to use Reddit free of harassment, bullying, and threats of violence," the company said in new content rules it unveiled on Monday.
Reddit, which is the sixth most popular website in the U.S., announced the crackdown on The_Donald as part of a wider enforcement of its hate speech policies. It said it was banning some 2,000 Reddit communities, including the left-leaning subreddit Chapo Trap House, over rule violations. Reddit said the vast majority of the subreddits affected were already inactive.
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