BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Reddit is not known to ban subreddits too easily, but now something occurred that caused the site administrators to make the harsh decision.
Cnet recently released a report on the subject. It appears that the subreddit which was banned is called altright. A subreddit is a smaller community featuring discussions and this particular thread featured a conservative movement supporting white supremacy. Even the moderator of the subreddit (who went by the username LetThereBeWhite) declared that their community gathered nationalists, fascists, and racial realists.
After reading this you may think you know why Reddit banned the community. However, the reason is not something you would expect. When you try to access the page of the subreddit, you will see a message that announces the visitor of the ban on the community. Underneath, it says that the ban occurred due to a violation of Reddit’s policy regarding personal and confidential information.
Thus, Reddit did not ban the subreddit because of the racial issues and hate speech. What attracted Reddit’s attention was the fact that personal information was shared via ‘doxxing’. It was meant for the use in the harassment of certain targets.
But what does ‘doxxing’ mean? It is the process during which personal information is collected and then made public. Reddit announced that the posting of personal information is not in accordance to their policy and all who do not respect this are subjects to bans.
When /r/altright was closed, a similar subreddit was created, /r/alternativeright. This one was taken down again, but Reddit offered no information on the ban applied to this one.
However, Reddit’s content policy makes pretty clear what is forbidden on the site. It states that bans await those who post illegal content, pornography, instigate to violence or harassment, or those who post threats, harassments, and bullying. Also, the posting of confidential information is forbidden, as well as spam or the impersonating of someone at one’s disadvantage.
Therefore, Reddit is not the place to promote hate speech and racial harassment. Such actions should not be performed anywhere and people should learn to be tolerant and not transgress the rights and liberties of others.
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