Quarantining a forum is, obviously, not the same as banning one, and and this won’t do a whole lot to disrupt this subreddit’s activity. ”We are clear in our site-wide policies that posting content that encourages or threatens violence is not allowed on Reddit,” a Reddit spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Recode. “As we have shared, we are sensitive to what could be considered political speech, however, recent behaviors including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy.
But The_Donald has habitually seemed uninterested in integrating into the rest of the community: Moderators routinely suppress opposing views, “ban[ning] hundreds of people a week who are either concern trolls, berniebots, republican shills, spammers, sjws and so on. ” Between its hostility to outsiders, perpetual rule breaking, perpetual drama, and perpetual hate speech, The_Donald has become, statistically speaking, the most unpopular community on Reddit.
The moderators can appeal the quarantine; to get it removed, Reddit would require them to take a variety of steps, including communicating to subscribers “unambiguously” that violent content is unacceptable and taking other unspecific actions to reduce rule-violating content.
Reddit put the message board, which is a popular place for Trump fans to gather and stir up support, in a sort of virtual detention due to what the company called “significant issues with reporting and addressing violations” of its content policy.
Although the move was prompted because the “r/The_Donald” subreddit was hosting violent threats and violating other site policies, it’s likely to add to Republicans’ complaints that social media companies are biased against conservatives.
Reddit officials told the forum’s moderators that they had observed “repeated rule-breaking behavior” on the board in recent months and that violent content there “often goes unreported, and worse, is upvoted.
But there’s no evidence that there is some sort of anti-conservative censorship embedded in the ways social media companies moderate content. “All of these companies have algorithmic bias, but the bias is not partisan, the bias is toward extremism,” Siva Vaidhyanathan, a media studies professor at the University of Virginia, told Recode. “There’s a bias against boring.
Reddit restricts its biggest pro-Trump board over violent threats The subreddit r/The_Donald is in digital detention.
The subreddit’s moderators posted a series of tweets about the incident and claimed that threats to public officials on the board are “rare” and have been “actively removed by moderators forever” and that Reddit was, to put it simply, lying.
Reddit restricts its biggest pro-Trump board over violent threats https://t.co/BtBrKDboB9— Recode (@Recode) June 26, 2019