Reddit, the largest forum-based Social Media website, banned two thousand communities from its server. The largest group to get ‘the hammer’ was The_Donald, which is a largely Pro-Trump community with over 700,000 members. The community was banned on the basis of “hate speech.”
Reddit has new policies, which were implemented, and thus the community was removed from the platform. “Reddit says subreddits and users that promote hate based on “identity or vulnerability” will be banned. It’s initially banning about 2,000 subreddits, including “The_Donald,” where users often shared racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and conspiracy content.”
There are thousands of communities on Reddit one of which is r/conservative. There, a person who disagrees with the Conservative narrative regarding politics said the following;
I identify more closely with the left, but I spend a lot of time on r/conservative just to hear different perspectives. I am shocked by Reddit’s new policy.
As a strong free speech advocate, I believe this has gone too far. I completely understand banning subreddits dedicated to hate, but banning a subreddit simply due to a few offensive individuals is absurd. However, what concerns me most about the policy is this:
“While the rule on hate protects [marginalized or vulnerable] groups, it does not protect all groups or all forms of identity. For example, the rule does protect groups of people who are in the majority or who promote such attacks of hate.”
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Since when is so-called “hate speech” limited only to marginalized groups? I understand that some groups are more vulnerable, but ALL groups can be targets of hate.
This is not equality.
In addition, on Reddit’s ‘Policy Update’ page, several users are questioning the political motive behind the cancelation of The_Donald. Also, many are asking the criteria of these bans, to which, they received the response;
The criteria included:
abusive titles and descriptions (e.g. slurs and obvious phrases like “[race]/hate”),
high ratio of hateful content (based on reporting and our own filtering),
and positively received hateful content (high upvote ratio on hateful content)
We created and confirmed the list over the last couple of weeks. We don’t generally link to banned communities beyond notable ones.
Further, some then sought to bring to light that Reddit continues to allow communities that promote rape and grotesque sexual actions.
However, rape, the action of rape, is considered abusive and hateful by law, yet they allow communities who fantasize about the grotesque action to run rampant on their platform. In addition, there are several other communities that are on the platform that promote similar actions, see the screenshot below;
While Reddit in 2012 championed itself as a Free Speech platform, in 2020 many of the Social Media sites are now becoming havens for left-wing ideology. Banning groups that have opposing views while encouraging all levels of human indecency.
It starts with banning political speech on the ground of ‘hate,’ but where does it stop?