The hyper popular social media site ‘Reddit’ has now banned a sub-page dedicated to Presdient Trump called ‘TheDonald.’
The move comes alongside a major crackdown on so-called ‘hate speech,’ which has seen over 2,000 other pages on the site banned as well.
As Fox News reports:
Reddit is banning r/The_Donald along with almost 2,000 other online communities after updating its content policy to crack down harder on hate speech, the company announced on Monday.
In a blog post explaining the company’s new rules, CEO Steve Huffman said users of the r/The_Donald subreddit had violated the site’s policies for years.
“The community has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average (Rule 1), antagonized us and other communities (Rules 2 and 8), and its mods have refused to meet our most basic expectations,” Huffman said.
The decision to ban these communities comes as Silicon Valley is facing a major reckoning — in part sparked by ongoing nationwide protests over systemic racism — over its role in facilitating the spread of hate speech and disinformation.
In addition to ‘Reddit,’ Facebook has also come under pressure to enforce far stricter rules on free speech on its platform:
Under pressure as more than 90 brands halted their advertising on the platform, Facebook announced on Friday that it would institute stronger rules barring hate speech in ads and add warning labels to politicians’ statements that break its rules. Twitter has begun to put warning labels on President Trump’s tweets that are in violation of its policies. And the live-streaming platform Twitch has temporarily banned Trump over “hateful conduct.”