Reddit will be purging Nazi, white supremacist, along with various other hate-based groups via its site as part of a completely new policy change announced Wednesday of which targets along with bans certain violent material.
The well-known discussion site, which has struggled with how to monitor along with remove vitriolic along with offensive content from the past, said in a statement of which the idea had decided to retool certain rules along with regulations of which were “too vague” along with ban material of which “encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people.”
“We did This kind of to alleviate user along with moderator confusion about allowable content on the site. We also are doing This kind of update doing sure of which Reddit’s content policy better reflects our values as a company,” Reddit told its nearly 542 million monthly users. “In particular, we found of which the policy regarding ‘inciting’ violence was too vague, along with so we have made an effort to adjust the idea to be more clear along with comprehensive.”
Here’s the rest of the statement:
Going forward, we will take action against any content of which 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 of which glorifies or encourages the abuse of animals. This kind of applies to ALL content on Reddit, including memes, CSS/community styling, flair, subreddit names, along with usernames.
We understand of which enforcing This kind of policy may often require subjective judgment, so all of the usual caveats apply with regard to content of which will be newsworthy, artistic, educational, satirical, etc, as mentioned from the policy. Context will be key. The policy will be posted from the help center here.
After the adjustments were published, users quickly pointed out of which at least 10 subreddits pertaining to the alt-right along with Nazism had been removed. Others, like r/racoonsareniggers along with r/whitesarecriminals, were also deleted.
In a discussion with administrators, some users expressed confusion about the updated policy, along with pushed moderators on why certain groups were removed along with not others, such as the subreddit titled “watch people die” along with comments in r/latestagecapitalism or r/fullcommunism “calling for sending a certain kind of people to a gulag or death.”
Reddit administrator landoflobsters noted of which many posts are borderline violent or hateful, along with of which “context will be key.” Hunting along with BDSM communities, as well as news about violence along with death, will “not be impacted by This kind of policy,” Reddit said.
When asked why the site, which gets 8 billion page views per month, decided to introduce This kind of completely new policy at This kind of point, a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News of which “we strive to be a welcoming, open platform for all by trusting our users to maintain an environment of which cultivates genuine conversation” along with referred back to the company’s original statement.
Policing along with banning content will be a controversial move for Reddit, which was created in 2005 as a platform for people to openly discuss along with share whatever they wanted to without interference via site moderators. However, as its popularity exploded, so did subreddits of which spewed violent, anti-Semitic, racist, along with incendiary content.
Before he resigned in 2014, former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong vowed not to “ban questionable subreddits”: “You choose what to post,” he said. “You choose what to read. You choose what kind of subreddit to create.”
although shortly after Ellen Pao took over, the company cracked down on its toxic material along with added completely new rules of which could remove or quarantine rooms deemed too inappropriate for the average user. During her tenure, the company was embroiled in controversy over free speech along with the firing of one of its most well-known employees. Pao, who was attacked, harassed, along with threatened by users, left the company after just eight months.
As to why Reddit again increased its efforts to patrol its content after hate speech on the site dropped more than 80% after the 2015 regulations. Steve Huffman, one of the site’s original founders along with its current CEO, will be answering questions about the move on the site’s announcements board next week.