Reddit on Wednesday shut down several Nazi and white supremacist subreddits after a policy change banning material that “encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people.”
Reddit announced the change on its own r/modnews subreddit.
“We found that the policy regarding ‘inciting’ violence was too vague, and so we have made an effort to adjust it to be more clear and comprehensive,” the company wrote.
“Going forward, we will take action against any content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people; likewise, we will also take action against content that glorifies or encourages the abuse of animals.”
At least seven subreddits have been removed from the social platform, including the r/Nazi, r/EuropeanNationalism and r/pol subreddits.
A Reddit spokesperson said the company strives “to be a welcoming, open platform for all by trusting our users to maintain an environment that cultivates genuine conversation.”
The Verge notes:
This is a noteworthy shift for Reddit, which was reticent to ban almost any non-illegal material until 2015. It’s since removed some overtly hate-oriented boards over doxing and general nuisance, and “quarantined” others — including at least one of the newly banned ones, as Gizmodo writes — so they’re not visible to casual visitors.