In a move that will likely only upset the world’s most repugnant, Reddit has made a concerted and public effort to further reform their online communities via policy updates as Gizmodo reports.
As a result, a small minority of subreddits were banned on the basis of promoting ‘violent content’, including a number of racist, Nazi and Far-Right related sub-reddits. Reddit’s violence policy now restricts “content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people.”
In what should be surprising to almost no one except for those on the far-right, the majority of the sub-reddits affected by the ban were the some of the worst of the worst including: r/Pol (an spinoff of the 4Chan board of the same name,) r/Nazi, r/EuropeanNationalism, and more.
This policy clarification is reminiscent of Reddit’s 2015 harassment policy update that led to a number of noxious communities getting banned from the site including r/fatpeoplehate, r/hamplanethatred and some that are so revolting we can’t name them in decent conscience.
Though you can’t count on there being as big of a backlash this time around, do expect the modern ‘Free Speech’ champions of the Alt-Right to take this up as a new example of censorship by the leftists at Reddit.
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