A few of Reddit’s most frequented and energetic subreddit communities are taking part in a collective motion this week to protest the platform’s hate speech insurance policies and the present police brutality and racism disaster gripping the US.
The choice follows harsh criticism from former CEO Ellen Pao, who said on Twitter earlier this week that the corporate “monetizes white supremacy and hate all day lengthy.” She additionally mentioned Reddit ought to have way back banned r/The_Donald, the controversial pro-Trump subreddit it quarantined final 12 months for repeatedly violating its guidelines round hate speech and violent rhetoric.
Pao was particularly responding to a post current CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman posted on Monday, wherein he mentioned the Reddit neighborhood does “not tolerate hate, racism, and violence, and whereas we now have work to do to battle these on our platform, our values are clear.”
I’m obligated to name you out: It is best to have shut down the_donald as an alternative of amplifying it and its hate, racism, and violence. A lot of what’s occurring now lies at your toes. You do not get to say BLM when reddit nurtures and monetizes white supremacy and hate all day lengthy https://t.co/VN5XCiYp5g
— Ellen Ok. Pao (@ekp) June 2, 2020
Protest actions embrace moderators taking common subreddits non-public and banning the publishing of latest posts for both a full day or for eight minutes and 46 seconds in honor of George Floyd, the Minnesota black man who was killed by a former Minneapolis police officer final week.
“The AskReddit moderators have determined to disable posting for eight minutes and 46 seconds — the time George Floyd was held down by police — and we’ll lock feedback on entrance web page posts,” reads a moderator note posted in r/AskReddit. “Our hope is that folks studying this may take a second to pause and mirror on what could be completed to enhance the world.”
Floyd’s demise has sparked outrage worldwide and led to large-scale demonstrations in each US state and different cities abroad. The violent police and army response has in flip escalated the scenario right into a nationwide disaster.
Some subreddits taking part embrace r/AskReddit, r/NFL, and r/EDM, amongst others. It’s unclear how lengthy the subreddits will stay non-public or prohibit new posts.
“Reddit has harbored racists as coverage for years /u/spez,” reads the note posted by the moderators of r/NFL, which went non-public this week. The message is directed at Huffman, who goes by the Reddit deal with spez. “It has led to battling racism continuously, elevated by the kneeling that encompassed Black Lives Matter’s message.”
The r/NFL mods are particularly requesting Reddit implement a coverage in opposition to bigotry and that it actively take away “heavy contributors in hate subreddits by means of their most important account and alts.” If the corporate received’t comply, the moderators say they “name for the resignation of Reddit management.”