The Reddit chat room has banned a fan forum for U.S. President Donald Trump for violating its hate behavior policy, it said in a statement on Monday June 29.
In the wave of demonstrations against systemic racism on the other side of the Atlantic, social networks are facing a renewed pressure to better police exchanges between users and prevent harassment, discrimination and other insulting behavior.
"We have banned (the group) r / The_Donald, because (…) this community has repeatedly hosted and supported content that violates the first rule and has upset us and other communities. "said Reddit. Rule number one on the platform is that groups and users promoting hate will be banned. Reddit continues:
"So far we have shown goodwill to help them preserve their community, with warnings, quarantines, and more. "
Big cleaning on Reddit
The Reddit social network was founded fifteen years ago, like a large forum, on the principle of unbridled freedom of expression, without safeguards. As the dominant platforms like Facebook and Twitter have tightened their hate content rules, part of the far right has ended up on Reddit or 4chan. But in recent years, Reddit has undertaken a major cleanup to get rid of so-called groups and users "Toxic".
"We are no exception"
The group’s announcement comes as Twitch, a live video platform, decided to temporarily suspend the President’s channel. Again, a decision made for hateful behavior. One of the videos was a replay of a rally by Donald Trump, where he claimed that Mexico was sending rapists to the United States.
“Like everyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our terms of service and the rules of our community. We make no exceptions for political or news content, and we will take action with regard to content that is brought to our attention and that violates our rules ”, justified the platform with the American site The Verge.