(Natural News) Reddit, one of the world’s largest social media platforms, announced on June 29 that it has revamped its rules regarding “hate speech.” In their new regulations, they have stated that they will discriminate people based on their race, religion, gender as well as other characteristics such as sexual orientation, immigration status and disability. Along with this, their new rules explicitly allow any “hate speech” to be directed toward any group considered to be the “majority,” which means that it will potentially allow users to be racist against White people under certain circumstances.
Reddit is a large social media platform with over 430 million active users as of December 2019. This makes the website one of the most popular in the world. Many communities on the site, known as “subreddits” allow people to come together with like-minded individuals to talk about their favorite topics. There are subreddits dedicated to posting funny jokes, images and memes, subreddits that talk about cooking or gun maintenance and there are even subreddits dedicated to discussing ideologies and news about certain countries.
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However, under Reddit’s new policy against “promoting hate based on identity or vulnerability,” the freedom these subreddits have to talk openly about their desired topics is now in question.
“Rule one: Remember the human,” said the new rules. “Reddit is a place for creating community and belonging, not for attacking marginalized or vulnerable groups of people. Everyone has a right to use Reddit free of harassment, bullying and threats of violence. Communities and people that incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned.”
While this sounds good on paper, the catch is that Reddit gets the final say on which races, religions and other identifiers are considered a “marginalized or vulnerable group.”
This means that, despite the fact that non-Hispanic White Americans make up less than half of Reddit’s users, they may still be the main targets of the site’s new and openly discriminatory policies because they make up around 60 percent of the American population.
And despite the fact that the world’s largest ethnic group – the Han Chinese – has a large presence on the website, they might still be protected by Reddit. It doesn’t help that Chinese tech giant Tencent gave Reddit a $150 million investment last year, which at the time sparked concerns over the future addition of censorship rules.
Reddit has refused to respond to requests for clarifications on what races, genders, religions and other personal identifiers it considers to be part of the “majority.” (Related: Reddit starts banning users for their upvotes.)
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Reddit purges over 2,000 subreddits – many popular conservative forums banned
Under Reddit’s new rules, it went on a subreddit purge. On the same day they announced their new anti-hate speech policies, the website banned over 2,000 subreddits for “promoting hate.” While many of the subreddits are old and inactive, many have tens or even hundreds of thousands of subscribers.
Among these include r/darkhumorandmemes and r/darkjokecentral for people who enjoy humor that doesn’t promote political correctness; r/gendercritical, for feminists that question the validity of the transgender ideology; and political subreddits r/ChapoTrapHouse, a home for authoritarian socialists and other leftists, and r/The_Donald, for fans and supporters of President Donald Trump.
Reddit has had a long history of censoring pro-Trump content on their website. Last year, the website prevented the subreddit’s posts from being featured on their front page. Afterward, it “quarantined” r/The_Donald, subjecting visitors to a warning screen stating that the subreddit was violating some of site’s content policies, such as “threats of violence against police and public officials.” And back in February, the site purged r/The_Donald by banning over half of the forum’s moderators, supposedly for breaking Reddit’s rules. Before the ban, the subreddit had over 790,000 subscribers.
Most of the subreddits banned were spaces dedicated to talking about conservative viewpoints, such as r/CampusConservative, r/thenewright and r/rightwinglgbt. Some sections of Reddit are now concerned that, with their new policies, the site will go after them next.
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