Reddit bans alt-right group ‘r/altright’

Reddit bans alt-right group ‘r/altright’

Online community-run forum Reddit announced on Wednesday that it was banning the white nationalist alt-right group “r/altright” because of posting of personal information, otherwise known as doxxing.

Reddit said its terms of service clearly states that anyone who would post personal information could get banned from the network, and added that r/altright repeatedly violated the terms of its content policy.

Announcing the action, the company said in a statement, “We have banned r/altright due to repeated violations of the terms of our content policy. There is no single solution to these issues and we are actively engaging with the Reddit community to improve everyone's experience.”

This particular alt-right group or subreddit had earned more than 16,000 subscribers once President Donald Trump took office and frequently included white nationalist sentiments and conversation, echoing the public displays of white nationalist movement leaders like Richard Spencer.

The company stressed that it would do anything needed to maintain an environment that would cultivate authentic, genuine conversation, while ensuring all users adhere to the terms and conditions of its content policy.

Reddit’s ban on r/altright is a clear indication that the company is making an attempt to police its massive networks of users, mainly its most rancorous and potentially dangerous users.