Reddit uses the ban hammer
Reddit changed it's own rules in order to narrow the scope of "acceptable political debate".
Reddit will ban r/The_Donald, r/ChapoTrapHouse, and about 2,000 other communities today after updating its content policy to more explicitly ban hate speech. The policy update comes three weeks after Black Lives Matter protests led several popular Reddit forums to go dark temporarily in protest of what they called the company’s lax policies around hosting and promoting racist content. It marks a major reversal for a company whose commitment to free expression has historically been so strong that it once allowed users to distribute stolen nude photos freely on the site.
“I have to admit that I’ve struggled with balancing my values as an American, and around free speech and free expression, with my values and the company’s values around common human decency,” Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said in a call with reporters.
In a blog post that cites the company’s new rules, Huffman said users of the r/The_Donald subreddit had violated the site’s policies for years. (The site has no official connection to President Donald Trump, although he did do an Ask Me Anything there as a candidate in 2016.) “The community has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average (Rule 1), antagonized us and other communities (Rules 2 and 8), and its mods have refused to meet our most basic expectations,” Huffman said.
Similarly, r/ChapoTrapHouse had also hosted content that violates the site’s rules, Huffman said. The subreddit is a spinoff of the popular left-wing podcast.
WayOfTheBern narrowly avoided being banned, but that's probably just a temporary status.
The_Donald gets the most news, but ChapoTrapHouse was five times the size.
This is how corporate censorship will always work: they'll ban what they regard as the far right, and then ban what they regard as the far left for balance, leaving only anodyne, banal centrism.
Why would anyone trust Silicon Valley overlords to regulate political discourse???? https://t.co/y4XlNquSfe
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 30, 2020