No more room for hate on Reddit.
This development comes after the social news aggregation and discussion website updated its rules regarding violent content and messaging on Wednesday.
Thus, groups where such content most often proliferated such as r/pol and r/Nazis have been banned from the platform.
The change in rules was announced in a Reddit administrative post – r/modnews subreddit.
Reddit admitted that its “policy regarding ‘inciting’ violence was too vague.”
“So we have made an effort to adjust it to be more clear and comprehensive.”
“Going forward, we will take action against any content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people,” site administrator landoflobsters said.
“Likewise, we will also take action against content that glorifies or encourages the abuse of animals.”
The Reddit administrator added that the ban “applies to ALL content on Reddit, including memes, CSS/community styling, flair, subreddit names, and usernames.”
The Hill reported that as a result of the rule change, “at least seven subreddits have been kicked off Reddit as a result, including the r/Nazi, r/EuropeanNationalism and r/pol subreddits.”
“The last subreddit is an offshoot of the infamous 4Chan and 8Chan message boards that share the ‘pol’ name.”
Meanwhile, a Reddit spokesperson told The Hill that the site aims “to be a welcoming, open platform for all by trusting our users to maintain an environment that cultivates genuine conversation.”
The spokesperson, however, did not confirm or deny that the bans of Nazi groups and others mentioned by The Hill were the result of the rule change.
According to reports, Reddit had been criticized for its slow action against problematic content on its platform.
The company said back then that it aims to be more flexible to the desires of its various communities, the reports added.
Reddit has banned hate groups from its platform to keep the site free from vitriol, considering the sensitive political situation around the world.
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