Reddit Bans r/donaldtrump Community

The subreddit has no official ties to outgoing President Donald Trump

Reddit banned roughly 2,000 subreddits last June, including r/The_Donald stockcam/iStock

The social media fallout from Wednesday’s invasion of and violence inside the U.S. Capitol extended to Reddit Friday, as the platform banned subreddit r/donaldtrump.

The community is not an official subreddit of outgoing President Donald Trump.

Reddit took similar steps late last June, banning roughly 2,000 subreddits, including r/The_Donald, with co-founder and CEO Steve Huffman saying at the time that the community consistently fostered and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average communities, and its moderators “refused to meet our most basic expectations.”

As for r/donaldtrump, Reddit said the subreddit was banned for repeated violations of glorifying and inciting violence, and its moderators had been issued several warnings.

A Reddit spokesperson said, “Reddit’s sitewide policies prohibit content that promotes hate or encourages, glorifies, incites or calls for violence against groups of people or individuals. In accordance with this, we have been proactively reaching out to moderators to remind them of our policies and to offer support or resources as needed. We have also taken action to ban the community r/donaldtrump given repeated policy violations in recent days regarding the violence at the U.S. Capitol.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
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