After Twitter, Reddit Takes Aim at the President – Bans Controversial Sub-Reddit

by Tiago Decker

It seems like the war-cry that Twitter lead against curbing political facts against the President of the United States is here to stay. Furthermore, many platforms have even joined arms with their big brother against the “controversial” statements made by politicians, especially the President. Sweeping changes in Reddit’s privacy policies have led to banning of several subreddits that were allowed to flaunt content without any prejudice.

The latest subreddit to be caught in the wind has taken down the President’s subreddit forum The_Donald. The former subreddit sprung as a dominant support for the President during his 2016 election bid. However, it soon boiled down to playing host to an array of content that displayed racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism and other problematic events.

Addressing the huge drop in the subreddit, the CEO of reddit took it to himself to address the backlash. “All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith,” said CEO Steve Huffman in a reddit post. announcing the changes. “We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity.”

This is not the first time that Hoffman has led the charge against the certain subreddit as he previously took certain threads in July 2019 that displayed certain content. Furthermore, in Feb 2020, Reddit took down the moderators of the subreddit and the latter was put in a read-only mode.

Huffman admits that he regrets the way he handled the subreddit.  “I fear we let being technically correct get in the way of doing the right thing,” said Huffman earlier this month, speaking specifically about The_Donald. “Clearly, we should have quarantined it sooner.”

This is not the first fight that the President seems to be losing on moral grounds as Twitch has banned his channel that prompted the same content citing similar reasons. Twitter has begun cracking down on several other prominent leaders by issuing citations and exclamations.

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