According to various reports (and Reddit posts), Reddit has dropped its The_Donald subreddit of Trump fans over "hate speech" and harassment.
Ironically, the president has been calling on Web sites to take more responsibility for moderating their content, but his goal has been to cut down on the censorship of conservative speech.
Amazon's Twitch also has temporarily kicked the president off its platform for alleged "hateful conduct." Twitch cited two offending videos, one of which featured footage from Trump's Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally during which he described Mexican nationals as "bad hombres."
“Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed," Amazon said in a statement.
The moves follow Facebook's decision to start removing or labeling content related to the upcoming election or that incites violence, which in turn follows Twitter's labeling of tweets by President Trump as inciting violence and not relaying accurate information about elections.
That drew strong pushback from the president and was seen as, in part, a spur to his Executive Order seeking the help of Congress or the FCC or both to regulate social media content and alter or eliminate web sites' Section 230 (of the Communications Decency Act) immunity from civil liability over how they moderate third-party content posted on their sites. That allows them to remove most content, or leave it up, without fear of being sued.
Reddit reserves the right to ban communities, but it is a last resort, literally, on its enforcement policy. As to hate speech: "Communities and users that incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned," it said.
“Reddit has taken a big step in the right direction today by implementing and truly enforcing their updated, more robust hate speech policy," said UltraViolet spokesperosn Bridget Todd. "By defining who marginalized and vulnerable identity groups are, and what type of language will not be tolerated on their platform, Reddit is making more of an effort than other social media platforms to curb toxicity on the Internet. We applaud their decision to take a stand against violence, racism, misogyny, antisemitism and homophobia."
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