Reddit has banned an online message board dedicated to supporting Donald Trump, and thousands of other online communities, in sweeping new measures designed to combat hate-speech.
The company said in a statement that it banned ‘The_Donald’, a community with nearly 800,000 users, due to repeated rule-breaking.
The ban came as the popular social media site announced new rules aimed at removing hate speech from its community message boards, or “subreddits”.
“We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity. The community has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average (Rule 1), antagonized us and other communities (Rules 2 and 8), and its mods have refused to meet our most basic expectations,” the company said in a statement.
“Until now, we’ve worked in good faith to help them preserve the community as a space for its users—through warnings, mod changes, quarantining, and more.”
The company said it had banned around 2000 subreddits alongside its policy change, adding “the majority of which are inactive.”