Altright and alternativeright are no more after they broke one of the few rules of Reddit –– don’t be a Nazi.
The subreddits have been used in the organisation of America’s resurgent neofascist movement but the groups became a centre for “doxing” which is sharing other people’s personal data so that they can be harassed.
In a statement, Reddit said it aims to be a “welcoming, open platform all by trusting our users to maintain an environment that cultivates genuine conversation and adheres to our content policy.
“We are very clear in our site terms of service that posting of personal information can get users banned from Reddit and we ask our communities not to post content that harasses or invites harassment. We have banned r/altright due to repeated violations of the terms of our content policy. There is no single solution to these issues and we are actively engaging with the Reddit community to improve everyone’s experience.”
Reddit did not make it explicit which content infringed its rules, but it is believed to be attempts to dox the protestor who punched a white nationalist during a TV interview at Donald Trump’s inauguration.
However, one Reddit moderator claimed that the section was becoming too popular and the Jewish conspiracy had to shut it down as a threat.
“It’s clear that Reddit banned us because we were becoming very popular and spreading inconvenient truths about who’s ruining our country and robbing our children of a future,” the moderator said.
Well if you had not tried acting like brown shirts you might still be broadcasting. Doxing is one of Reddit’s few red lines when it comes to site-wide offences. Inciting violence, or threatening, harassing or bullying people was banned on the site even before Reddit instituted rules on kiddie porn.