by Brandon Butler
Reddit Bans r/the_donald 7/1/2020


All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith. We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity. The community has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average (Rule 1), antagonized us and other communities (Rules 2 and 8), and its mods have refused to meet our most basic expectations. Until now, we’ve worked in good faith to help them preserve the community as a space for its users’ through warnings, mod changes, quarantining, and more.

Reddit banned several other subs, most of which were inactive.

In a quote to reporters, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said:

I have to admit that I’ve struggled with balancing my values as an American, and around free speech and free expression, with my values and the company’s values around common human decency.

That’s really the crux of it: These social networks are a mess of vile and filth, and the CEOs seem proud of creating that mess. Because if they weren’t, they’d be doing what Steve Huffman is doing: a little soul searching, not to justify the hate spewing across their networks, but to recognize their values don’t align with what their networks are allowing. It’s time for Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey to grow a spine and clean up their mess.