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Reddit Has Thousands of Problematic Subreddits on Its Site

On June 29, the favored social media platform Reddit introduced it was banning about 2,000 subreddits (user-created boards) which have promoted hate “primarily based on id or vulnerability.”

The choice got here after the corporate made a change to its content material coverage. Although Reddit famous {that a} majority of the newly banned subreddits are at present inactive, a couple of well-trafficked dialogue boards have additionally been shut down.

Reddit’s banned subreddits embrace “The_Donald” and “ChapoTrapHouse.”

In an official assertion on its web site, Reddit particularly known as out the pro-Donald Trump discussion board, r/The_Donald (which had over 790,000 members), and r/ChapoTrapHouse, a spin-off of the left-wing podcast with the identical identify, for clearly violating the platform’s phrases.

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“All communities on Reddit should abide by our content material coverage in good religion. We banned r/The_Donald as a result of it has not performed so, regardless of each alternative,” the message reads. 

“The neighborhood has persistently hosted and upvoted extra rule-breaking content material than common, antagonized us and different communities, and its mods have refused to satisfy our most simple expectations,” the assertion continues.

“Although smaller, r/ChapoTrapHouse was banned for related causes: they persistently host rule-breaking content material and their mods have demonstrated no intention of reining of their neighborhood.”

Reddit added that whereas views throughout the political spectrum are allowed on the positioning, “all communities should work inside our insurance policies and accomplish that in good religion, with out exception.”

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We will’t bear in mind a time since its 2005 launch that Reddit publicly banned so many dialogue boards without delay, however the firm has been pressured to shutter some extremely problematic and offensive subreddits up to now. Listed below are a couple of examples:

r/jailbait

This web page had an extended lifespan even if it featured provocative photographs of underage teenagers. It was even voted “Subreddit of the Yr” in 2008 by customers. 

“We’re a free speech web site with only a few exceptions (principally private information) and having to abdomen occasional troll [subreddits] like r/picsofdeadkids or morally questionable [subreddits] like r/jailbait are a part of the worth of free speech on a web site like this,” Reddit’s former common supervisor, Erik Martin, stated in 2011 — a couple of months earlier than r/jailbait was banned following a wave of media backlash.

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r/beatingwomen

This discussion board, which featured graphic depictions of violence towards ladies, was solely banned in June 2014 after Reddit found that the moderators had been sharing customers’ private data on-line and dealing collectively to guard one another from site-wide bans. The neighborhood’s founder tried to resurrect the group as r/beatingwomen2, however fortunately, Reddit shut that one down as effectively.

r/TheFappening

In August 2014, lots of of bare images that includes celebrities akin to Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kaley Cuoco had been leaked onto the web after they had been stolen from iCloud accounts. 

r/TheFappening was created for customers to share and focus on the nude photographs. Reddit banned the board lower than a month later after Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, who was one of many victims of the hack, claimed to have been underage when the NSFW footage had been taken. 

Earlier than Reddit acquired ahold of the web page, the moderators warned that the images of McKayla, together with bare photographs of actress Liz Lee (who was allegedly 16 years previous when her ex-boyfriend snapped the pics), had been thought-about little one pornography and whoever circulated them can be completely banned from the positioning and will face doable authorized motion.

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