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Reddit bans Nazi subreddits after policy change

Reddit bans Nazi subreddits after policy change”

At least seven communities have been taken off Reddit since the policy change, including r/Nazi, r/NationalSocialism, r/whitesarecriminals, and r/EuropeanNationalism, reports Gizmodo.

Subreddits like r/PicsOfDeadKids and r/SexWithDogs have also been banned.

The stricter policy came after Reddit decided that its previous policy was "too vague", and needed to be be "more clear and comprehensive".

Soon after the changes made their way across the website, Redditors began to notice which particular subreddits had been banned - or were in the process of being banned. We did this to alleviate user and moderator confusion about allowable content on the site. A subreddit is a community within the website, in which content can be shared to or commented on.

Users were notified of the policy change through a post on the /r/modnews forum, which explained the reasoning behind the company's decision.

Fast-forward to 2017, and the internet-savvy far-right has exploded in visibility and confidence, leading to more pressure than ever on tech companies over their social responsibilities and the content they play host to. "This applies to ALL content on Reddit, including memes, CSS/community styling, flair, subreddit names, and usernames", the statement read.

Do not post content that incites or glorifies harm against people, groups of people or animals.

"We understand that enforcing this policy may often require subjective judgment", the Reddit administrator added. Most of these exceptions are all well and good, but it needs to be clearer how content displaying violence against an individual, group, or animal could be deemed artistic or satire.

"If your content is borderline, please use a NSFW (Not Safe For Work) tag", the rules state. There will also be a question-and-answer session with the company's CEO Steve Huffman next week to clarify the update. The policy theoretically gives Reddit the power to ban other toxic subreddits, but users are concerned that it won't touch communities known to promote violence if they're "too big" (and thus pull in a lot of ad money), too political or could trigger retaliatory campaigns.



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