Reddit has placed the controversial Donald Trump-focused subreddit r / The_Donald behind a quarantine screen after & # 39; repeated & # 39; misconduct that calls for violence. A moderator posted an explanatory message from Reddit, asking moderators to make it clear that "violent content is unacceptable" on the forum. The move will take two days after Media affairs for America noted that the members of the r / The_Donald supported violent attacks on the Oregon police and other public officials.
"We are clear in our entire site policy that posting content that encourages or threatens violence is not permitted on Reddit. As we have shared, we are sensitive to what can be considered as political reason, but recent behavior , including threats to the police and public figures, are content that is prohibited by our violence policy, and as a result we have taken action on individual users and quarantined the subreddit, "a Reddit spokesperson said in a statement to The edge.
Media affairs for America noted posts where members of the / The_Donald & # 39; s have encouraged fantasies or violence Oregon & # 39; s recent vote on climate change where Republican legislators fled the state Senate to prevent a bill on climate change from being adopted, one of them even implies that he would respond to any police action by force. The members of the r / The_Donald posted comments such as "none of these things are resolved without people picking up guns" and "(I have) no trouble photographing an agent trying to take away civil rights." The messages were deleted later.
The Reddit post describes quarantine as the result of repeated line breaks and r / The_Donald & # 39; s recent & # 39; encouragement of violence & # 39; against Oregon officials.
Over the past few months, we have observed repeated line-breaking behavior in your community and an over-reliance on Reddit administrators to manage users and delete messages that violate our content policies, including content that encourages or encourages violence. Most recently we observed this behavior in the form of encouraging violence against police officers and public officials in Oregon. This is not only contrary to our policy for the entire site, but also with your own community rules (rule # 9). You can find breaching content that we have removed in your mod log files.
As we have discussed in the past, and as set out in our content policies and moderator guidelines, we expect you to enforce against regulatory content. You have made progress over the past year, but we continue to observe and take action against a disproportionate number of rules that break the rule in this community. We acknowledge that you are deleting messages that are being reported, but we have problems with the fact that violent content is more often not reported and, worse, drowned out.
r / The_Donald has been censored in the past for breaking rules. In 2016, Steve Huffman, CEO of Reddit, said the site would hide some messages from the subreddit, preventing them from going to the front page. But political relevance and popularity have made it a difficult target. Huffman later called it "A small part of a major problem that we face in this country – that a large part of the population does not feel heard, and the last thing we are going to do is take their voice away."
For a long time, Reddit resisted banning or quarantining subreddits, even if they were explicitly devoted to white supremacy or other hate content. But that policy has changed in recent years. It banned forums related to the QAnon conspiracy theory in 2018, and it has been quarantined or purged from other extreme right-wing subreddits.
r / The_Donald in turn is not prohibited. The quarantine is a largely symbolic gesture. In the words of Reddit: "Visitors to this community see a warning that requires users to explicitly sign in to view it. This message reminds users how important it is to report breakthrough content." It will be re-evaluated as the moderators "communicate unambiguously with your subscribers that violent content is unacceptable."