Reddit just banned Nazis and white supremacists from the site

The online community Reddit is removing Nazis, white supremacists and hate groups from its website, according to a new policy.

Buzzfeed reported Wednesday that the website enacted a change in its policy that bans certain types of violent content. Administrators felt Reddit’s previous guidelines prohibiting “inciting violence” was “too vague.” The website issued a statement to its users explaining the move.

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.

Among the purged communities were at least 10 alt-right and Nazi subreddits, like r/Nazi and r/European Nationalism, as well as race-based groups like r/racoonsareniggers and r/whitesarecriminals. Groups praising mass shooter Dylan Roof and certain kinds of bestiality were also removed.

Reddit is one of the top five most popular websites and received more than 8 billion views each month. Over the years, the site’s popularity led it to become a hotbed of bigotry, providing an online base of operations for believers in the Pizzagate conspiracy theory and extremist supporters of Donald Trump. On r/The_Donald, users refer to the president as the “God Emporer” and organize harassment campaigns against Trump opponents. It was also a frequent source of Islamophobia and racism. A prolific poster to r/The_Donald was recently arrested for murdering his father, after his parents became concerned with his extremist behavior.

The site was founded to allow people to freely discuss and post content related to their interests, but has seen increased regulations regarding hateful or “toxic” content. However, after its last round of banning hateful communities, the website was noticeably less “toxic” and users previously in those communities reduced their hate speech on the site by 80-90 percent.

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