New ‘The Donald’ online forum created after Reddit banned original subreddit for ‘hate speech’ – The Sun

REDDIT on Monday banned its largest pro-Trump subreddit in a move to crack down on hate speech, but users who support the president have since migrated to another online community.

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman announced that the message board site had banned more than 2,000 subreddits that were often guilty of breaking its community rules on harassment, hate speech and targeting specific groups.

Subreddit r/The_Donald, which had more than 790,000 users, was one of the communities that got the boot.

"All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith," Huffman wrote in his announcement.

"We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity.

"The community has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average … and its mods have refused to meet our most basic expectations."

In a conversation with reporters, Huffman said that Reddit tried many steps to avoid outright banning The Donald community, but the group continued to violate anti-harassment policies, according to Axios.

Apparently anticipating a ban, some users from the pro-Trump Reddit community took it upon themselves to create another online forum for the group.

A website – – has popped up as a replacement for the banned forum.

A post on the website from a moderator who goes by the handle Shadowman3001 claims that the pro-Trump community has beat Reddit's attempt to silence them.

"As usual with Reddit, they're a day late and a dollar short," the post reads. "We knew years ago that Reddit would pull some election f**kery and get rid of us before the 2020 election. We know how important this community is in spreading our ideas, our memes and our news."

"They censored us, the suppressed us, they silenced us. We beat them," the post continues.

The post goes on to say that many doubted The Donald community could continue to exist without a website like Reddit to exist on, but claims is "more active, more popular, and more powerful" than the subreddit ever was.

Reddit is just the latest social media giant to take action against hate speech. Twitter recently started adding labels to some of President Trump's tweets to flag inaccuracy or posts that glorify violence. Snapchat stopped promoting the president's account, and Twitch said that it would be suspending the Trump campaign's account.

Facebook, on the other hand, has received a huge amount of backlash for not doing enough to stop the spread of hate speech. The company has maintained that it will allow all speech from political leaders to remain on its platform because it may be in the public's interest to read it.

Reddit's new rules take a harder stance on speech that "promotes hate based on identity or vulnerability."

Huffman has denied that the new rules have anything to do with censoring conservative viewpoints.

The 2,000 communities that received the ban on Monday included those from across the political spectrum, including r/ChapoTrapHouse, which was popular with left-leaning users, yet received a ban for similar reasons that The Donald's community did.

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