Reddit Starts Banning And Quarantining Offensive Communities
Reddit has officially banned several communities, including /r/CoonTown, /r/WatchNiggersDie as of Wednesday for breeding racism, among others. Chief Executive Officer Steven Huffman expounded that such communities “make Reddit worse for everyone else,” but denied those communities were banned solely for being racist.
Huffman rationalized the banning and said on its announcement board:
Banning is just one of the updates on the social networking’s content policy, which seeks to eradicate communities created merely to annoy Redditors. In its announcement, Reddit specified which communities were banned.
Huffman also introduced Quarantining to restrict contents of certain communities to be accessible only by “those who explicitly opt-in.”
“We will quarantine communities whose contents would be considered extremely offensive to the average Redditor,” said the announcement.
For a time since its creation, Reddit has morphed into a den, fostering hatred, inciting racism and perhaps, motivating felonies. The site recently became controversial when some Redditors aggressively reacted to Victoria Taylor’s dismissal and called for the resignation of then-CEO Ellen Pao, who was thought to be one who issued the termination.
Days of mounting pressure, Pao resigned and Huffman, one of Reddit founders, replaced her. Huffman has been intent in cleaning out Reddit in a bid to attract more advertisers consistent with its future monetization plan.
“Our most important policy over the last ten years has been to allow just about anything so long as it does not prevent others from enjoying Reddit for what it is: the best place online to have truly authentic conversations,” statement for content policy update continued.