Reddit, the so-called "Front Page of the internet," bans Neo-Nazi and European nationalist subreddits in the company's latest update of the website's rules and regulations. The update is clearly aimed at cracking down on the spread of violent and hateful content on Reddit, some of which has made global headlines after being retweeted by Donald Trump.
The statement from Reddit released on Wednesday focused on ending "incitement" to violence and quickly resulted in the removal of subreddits including r/NationalSocialism, r/Nazi, r/whitesarecriminals and r/far_right. A subreddit is a community within the website, in which content can be shared to or commented on. Reddit is a social news aggregation, web content rating and discussion website allowing users to share and then vote on content.
Reddit's open source content forum has long been a flashpoint for controversy and criticism as anonymous posting allows for a full spectrum of hate and vitriol on most every topic. Reddit has a subreddit called r/Holocaust, which has been accused of being a haven for Holocaust denial.
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“In particular, we found that the policy regarding 'inciting' violence was too vague, and 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; likewise, we will also take action against content that glorifies or encourages the abuse of animals. This applies to ALL content on Reddit, including memes, CSS/community styling, flair, subreddit names, and usernames,” the statement read.