Reddit Bans Nazi Groups and Others in Crackdown on Violent Content

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 27/10/2017 22:15

Reddit, the online internet forum, has started to implement a new policy to ban content that glorifies and incites violence, and among the first to go were forums for Nazi, racist and white supremacist groups.

The company outlined the update to its policy on Wednesday, with one statement in its help center and another by an administrator on the site itself, where a vocal community challenged the changes.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/26/us/reddit-violence-policy.html

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