Thursday, 02 July, 2020

Reddit, Twitch clamp down Trumpist forums for hate speech

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday Twitch suspends Donald Trump's account as Reddit bans his supporters community
Deanna Wagner | 29 June, 2020, 23:41

On the same day streaming platform Twitch suspended Donald Trump's account for violating their hateful conduct policy, social networking site Reddit has shut down its largest group supportive of the president.

"Ultimately, it's our responsibility to support our communities by taking stronger action against those who try to weaponize parts of Reddit against other people", Reddit said in a post about its policy update. "Reddit's ban [of] a bunch of mostly irrelevant subreddits (apart from ChapoTrapHouse) is just cover to ban r/The_Donald, which was the largest pro-MAGA community on the Internet", tweeted YouTuber and Human Events Managing Editor Ian Miles Cheong.

Reddit, a community-based social website, said it banned 2,000 discussion pages, including r/The_Donald for being one of the two biggest violators of rules against promoting hate based on identity. The second asks subreddit admins to abide by "community rules" and "post with authentic, personal interest".

The company says hate speech, as well as violent and racial injustice content need to be eradicated from the sites.

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Twitch said the offending comments aired on the channel included Trump's remarks from 2015 saying that Mexicans coming into the United States were "bringing drugs", "bringing crime" and were "rapists".

Huffman also said Reddit should have moved sooner to restrict access to r/The_Donald, which it "quarantined" previous year, citing threats of violence against police and public officials. According to Reddit CEO, Steve Huffman, "The community has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average, antagonized us and other communities and its mods have refused to meet our most basic expectations".

Twitch said a separate video of Trump's latest campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., in which he describes a hypothetical scenario where "very tough hombre is breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away" also violated those policies.

The subreddit and its more than 750,000 subscribers had played a major role in shaping the trollish tone and style of the Trump campaign's digital persona during the 2016 campaign. The other was from a 2015 campaign rally that was recently reposted on Twitch, in which Trump said Mexico sends people to the US that are rapists and bring drugs to the country.