Reddit Restricts Pro-Trump Community Because of Threats – The New York Times

Under a quarantine, an alert warns visitors that a subreddit has struggled to address alleged violations of Reddit’s policy. Users have to accept the warning to see or subscribe to the community’s posts, which no longer appear in the general stream on Reddit.

According to Reddit, it has 330 million monthly users, which makes it the fifth-most visited website. The site, which bills itself as the “front page of the internet,” claims to have more than 130,000 communities, or subreddits, with an average of 21 billon monthly page views.

Most are moderated by users and have their own rules for content. While The_Donald had posted rules, it did not have a clear mechanism to report or de-emphasize content that was inappropriate, and violent content was not being flagged, administrators said.

.Online sites have increasingly been struggling with the mix of politics and sometimes violent rhetoric on their sites in an era of increased polarization. This month, YouTube announced plans to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies.

The problem has even affected sites that are not inherently political. Earlier this week, Ravelry, a popular knitting and crocheting site, banned content in support of President Trump in what it said was a stand against white supremacy.

“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy,” the site said in a statement explaining the decision.

Other quarantined Reddit communities include subreddits centered on discussions of racism, violence, Holocaust revisionism and other forms of anti-Semitism.


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