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Reddit Restricts Pro-Trump Forum Because of Threats

Reddit Restricts Pro-Trump Forum Because of Threats

Postby smix » Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:40 am

Reddit Restricts Pro-Trump Forum Because of Threats
The New York Times

URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/26/us/p ... tined.html
Category: Politics
Published: June 26, 2019

Description: The subreddit The_Donald was “quarantined” after users posted threats of violence against police officers and politicians in Oregon, administrators said.

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Reddit limited access to a forum popular with supporters of President Trump on Wednesday, saying that its users had violated rules prohibiting content that incites violence. Visitors to the The_Donald subreddit were greeted Wednesday with a warning that the section had been “quarantined,” meaning its content would be harder to find, and asking if they still wanted to enter. Site administrators said that users of the online community, which has about 750,000 members, had made threats against police officers and public officials. “The reason for the quarantine is that over the last few months we have observed repeated rule-breaking behavior in your community and an overreliance on Reddit admins to manage users and remove posts that violate our content policy, including content that encourages or incites violence,” Reddit wrote in a message to the site’s moderators, who shared the note publicly on Wednesday. “Most recently,” the message continued, “we have observed this behavior in the form of encouragement of violence toward police officers and public officials in Oregon.” The posts came amid a partisan feud in Oregon over a climate change bill, in which Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, ordered the state police to corral Republican lawmakers who had fled the Capitol. There was a one-day closing of the Capitol after threats of militia violence. “We are clear in our sitewide policies that posting content that encourages or threatens violence is not allowed on Reddit,” a spokesperson for the website said in an email to The New York Times Wednesday. “As we have shared, we are sensitive to what could be considered political speech, however, recent behaviors including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy. As a result, we have actioned individual users and quarantined the subreddit.” The_Donald bills itself as “a never-ending rally dedicated to the 45th President of the United States.” Among its prominently posted rules: “Trump Supporters Only. No Cucks or Leftists.” The former is a derogatory term for anti-Trump Republicans and conservatives. The subreddit has been fertile ground for pro-Trump images and videos that spread to other social media platforms, with support from within the president’s circle. In fact, days after being named digital director of the Trump campaign in 2016, Brad Parscale, now the campaign manager of the president’s re-election campaign, tweeted that he visited The_Donald daily. “It was clear that they had an audience with not only a great deal of Trump’s supporters but with Trump himself,” said Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, a senior writer at Inc. and author of “We Are the Nerds,” a book about Reddit. In July 2016, Mr. Trump answered questions from users of the subreddit. Throughout the campaign and the early days of his presidency, Mr. Trump mined the community for memes he would later amplify on social media. With hundreds of thousands of subscribers, The_Donald is home to a broad conversation ranging from discussion about the news to media criticism to jokes. But the community has also been known to spread extremist messages and conspiracy theories, including the debunked “Pizzagate” story, which centered on a belief that a Washington-area restaurant was secretly home to a child-abuse ring. The subreddit has also been criticized for allowing an undercurrent of racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic tropes and language. The response by Reddit on Wednesday stopped short of an outright ban of the group, a step taken by administrators twice in 2017, when they cracked down on Nazi, white supremacist and far right subreddits and later expunged a forum about the subculture of “incels,” or involuntary celibate men, because of threats of violence against women. The quarantine represents a middle-ground approach — a way to deal with communities that engage in behavior that, while permitted, may be offensive to average users. Under a quarantine, an alert warns visitors that a subreddit has struggled to address alleged violations of Reddit’s policy. Users have to accept the warning to see or subscribe to the community’s posts, which no longer appear in the general stream on Reddit. According to Reddit, it has 330 million monthly users, which makes it the fifth-most visited website. The site, which bills itself as the “front page of the internet,” claims to have more than 130,000 communities, or subreddits, with an average of 21 billon monthly page views. Most are moderated by users and have their own rules for content. While The_Donald had posted rules, it did not have a clear mechanism to report or de-emphasize content that was inappropriate, and violent content was not being flagged, administrators said. Online sites have increasingly been struggling with the mix of politics and sometimes violent rhetoric on their sites in an era of increased polarization. This month, YouTube announced plans to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies. The problem has even affected sites that are not inherently political. Earlier this week, Ravelry, a popular knitting and crocheting site, banned content in support of President Trump in what it said was a stand against white supremacy. “We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy,” the site said in a statement explaining the decision. Other quarantined Reddit communities include subreddits centered on discussions of racism, violence, Holocaust revisionism and other forms of anti-Semitism. The quarantine feature has been used on the site for several years. “The purpose of quarantining a community is to prevent its content from being accidentally viewed by those who do not knowingly wish to do so, or viewed without appropriate context,” Reddit said in an online description of the practice. Members of The_Donald accused Reddit of censorship Wednesday and threatened to leave for another website. They questioned the timing of the “quarantine,” which went into effect just hours before the first of two Democratic presidential debates. Some users’ responses to the restrictions were removed by the forum’s moderators because of their inflammatory content. “The internet is being officially being pasteurized, commercialized, politicized and soon will become a weapon against Americans much like China is using their social point program,” a Reddit user known as Glassclose from California posted Wednesday afternoon.
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Largest Pro-Trump Community Gains 10,000 Members After Reddit ‘Quarantine’

Postby smix » Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:48 am

Largest Pro-Trump Community Gains 10,000 Members After Reddit ‘Quarantine’
The Epoch Times

URL: https://www.theepochtimes.com/largest-p ... 81343.html
Category: Politics
Published: June 27, 2019

Description: After social media platform Reddit put restrictions on its subpage r/The_Donald—the largest fan club of President Donald Trump—the page grew by about 10,000 subscribers in 24 hours, compared with a growth of about 11,000 a month during the preceding year. As of the afternoon of June 27, the subscriber count stood at 765,000. Reddit put the page in “quarantine” in the afternoon of June 26, which means the page doesn’t show up in search, recommendations, or general Reddit feeds, such as the r/Popular. Ads are also no longer placed on the page–which had been the case already—and users are shown a warning before they can access it. “The reason for the quarantine is that over the last few months we have observed repeated rule-breaking behavior in your community and an over-reliance on Reddit admins to manage users and remove posts that violate our content policy, including content that encourages or incites violence,” a message the The_Donald’s voluntary content moderators received from the company reads. One volunteer moderator, shadowman3001, who manages the official Twitter account of The_Donald (@thedonaldreddit), dismissed the argument. Rule violations are relatively common on Reddit, or on social media in general. But the moderator calculated that since April 1, Reddit administrators only had to take action on 57 pieces of content on The_Donald, while the voluntary moderators took action on nearly 160,000. That appears to contradict Reddit’s argument of The_Donald’s “over-reliance” on the administrators. “Fairly few” of the actions by the moderators deal with “calls to violence,” shadowman3001 said in a Twitter message. “Let’s say there were a dozen legitimate calls to violence, just for argument,” the moderator said. “There are 2.3 million prisoners in America. That’s about 0.6% of the population. Out of the reported 750k members of The_Donald, a dozen people makes up 0.0016% of The_Donald’s population. What a cesspool, huh.”
Oregon Situation
Reddit’s message referred specifically to “encouragement of violence towards police officers and public officials in Oregon.” That remark most likely refers to the way some Reddit users reacted to the reports earlier in June that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown deployed the state police to round up Republican state senators. The senators staged a walkout to block the Democrat-controlled legislature from voting on the so-called “cap-and-trade” bill. The bill would de facto tax about 100 large companies in the state to fund initiatives to reduce carbon emissions. Republicans want the bill to be sent to voters for approval before it goes into effect, confident that Oregonians would reject it. Democrats, on the other hand, have put a clause in the bill that would prevent a referendum on it, meaning the bill would remain in effect unless voters collect more than 110,000 signatures, put it on the ballot, and vote it down. Under state law, the absentee senators could be fined $500 a day per person and state police can force them into a patrol car to return them to the Capitol. Some of the senators have reportedly left the state to avoid the police’s jurisdiction. One senator, Brian Boquist, even suggested he wouldn’t cooperate with the police. “Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” he said. “I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.” Representatives of some Pacific Northwest militias have said they planned to go to the Oregon-Idaho border to protect the senators, The Daily Beast reported.
Online Response
After the news was posted on The_Donald, some redditors posted comments that appeared to say that the governor’s action was a signal that the political left went too far and should be opposed by violence or a threat of violence. “Hopefully all State Police in Oregon refuse, hes [sic] serious. No problems shooting a cop trying to strip rights from Citizens. If he calls for help I’d come,” one user commented. “None of this gets fixed without people picking up rifles,” another said. Left-wing nonprofit Media Matters collected about a dozen of such comments and published an article on June 24 saying The_Donald “is full of calls for violence in support of Oregon Republicans.” The article was picked up by several other media and two days later The_Donald was quarantined.
The_Donald’s Response
In response, one of the moderators said that none of the comments that violated Reddit’s rules were reported to the moderators. “We have many members that are law enforcement that come to our wonderful place and interact because they feel welcome here,” the moderator said in a June 26 post. “Many are fans of President Trump and we are fans of them. They put their lives on the line daily for the safety of our communities. To have this as a reason for our quarantine is abhorrent on our users part [sic] and we will not stand for it. Nor will we stand for any other calls for violence.” The moderator called on redditors to help report violations, since the “limited amount of moderators … can not go into threads and read every single comment.” “The rest of Reddit and many on the left would like to see us gone,” the moderator said. “They won’t hit that report button. They will see it and send it to the media or admins. Don’t give them that satisfaction, report it to us and we will take care of it.” Reddit allows for a process to remove a quarantine, but “it’s yet to have been achieved by any community,” shadowman3001 said, adding, “We’ll see.” Reddit didn’t respond to a request for comment.
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Pro-Trump message board ‘quarantined’ by Reddit following violent threats

Postby smix » Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:04 am

Pro-Trump message board ‘quarantined’ by Reddit following violent threats
The Washington Post

URL: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technolo ... t-threats/
Category: Politics
Published: June 26, 2019

Description: The biggest forum for supporters of President Trump on Reddit has been “quarantined” following months of incitements to violence and other offensive behavior, the tech giant said Wednesday, in a move that could further inflame conservatives’ claims of social-media bias. The forum, called “r/The_Donald,” has long served as a highly trafficked and controversial gathering place for supporters of Trump and Republicans on Reddit, the United States’ fifth-most popular website. The move comes amid persistent allegations from Republicans that leading technology platforms, most of which are headquartered in the liberal bastion of northern California, are unfairly squelching conservative voices online. This partisan battle also is playing out amid a broader debate over whether private technology companies should be mediating free speech and whether widely accepted standards — such as prohibitions against incitements to violence — are being consistently and transparently applied. Created in 2015, “The_Donald” counts roughly 750,000 followers and advertises itself as “a never-ending rally dedicated to the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.” Reddit officials said on Wednesday that the “r/The_Donald” board had allowed or encouraged months of “rule-breaking behavior,” including the “encouragement of violence towards police officers and public officials in Oregon.” “We are clear in our sitewide policies that posting content that encourages or threatens violence is not allowed,” Reddit spokeswoman Anna Soellner said in a statement to The Washington Post. “We are sensitive to what could be considered political speech,” Soellner added, but “recent behaviors including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy.” The quarantine action will effectively demote the forum on Reddit, removing key features and restricting how its content is shared across the site, including blocking it from appearing in searches or recommendations. It is not an outright ban, but will conceal the forum behind a warning and require viewers to verify they are sure they want to view its contents. “It’s a really positive step,” said Becca Lewis, a researcher at Stanford University and an affiliate at the research institute Data & Society. The forum “r/The_Donald,” which Lewis has studied extensively, “has been a bastion of hate speech and harassment for years.” She said there are numerous other forums on Reddit where conservatives can share their views and express support for Trump and other political figures. The White House did not respond to requests for comment. But Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, said in a statement that campaign officials are “monitoring what’s going on” following Reddit’s decision. “We remain concerned about practices of various social media platforms and their efforts to silence conservative voices and supporters of President Trump,” he added, calling it “an ongoing problem of fairness and infringement of freedom of speech.” Quarantines are rare punishments imposed on only the forums Reddit has deemed most offensive or upsetting. Past quarantines have been imposed on forums devoted to white supremacy, Sept. 11 conspiracy theories and videos of fatal violence. Wednesday’s move by Reddit came after Republican state senators in Oregon fled the state to block a Democrat-supported climate bill, sparking a bizarre partisan stalemate. Following calls for the state police to go retrieve the lawmakers, local far-right militia groups said they would use violence to protect the senators. Posters on “r/The_Donald” have echoed the militias in saying they would protect the lawmakers by any means. “Rifles are the only way we’re going to get any peace in our lives ever again,” one “r/The_Donald” poster wrote, according to a compilation published Monday by the liberal watchdog site Media Matters for America. Another said it was good to “threaten violence . . . because nothing else is working.” The posters on “r/The_Donald” long have trafficked in edgy “trolling” and offensive behavior, promoting anti-Semitic memes and baseless conspiracy theories, including that victims of the Parkland school shooting were “crisis actors.” Some of the top threads on “r/The_Donald” Wednesday criticized E. Jean Carroll, the author who recently accused Trump of sexual assault. Posters also called U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe a “human leech” after Trump criticized her for supposedly acting disrespectfully. Reddit is a link-sharing and discussion site where readers can submit and vote on posts; the most “upvoted” posts are promoted more widely across the site. The site’s forums, known as “subreddits,” operate independently from the company and are overseen by volunteer moderators, who are expected to follow sitewide rules banning violent threats, harassment and other prohibited content. Reddit is less known than more mainstream social-media sites, but it has long been regarded as a feeder source for many of the viral memes and inside jokes that take off across the Web. “It’s a meeting place for both normal and crazy people,” said Joel Finkelstein, director of the Network Contagion Research Institute, which tracks how racism, anti-Semitism and other hateful ideas spread online. “It’s like a canal meeting the ocean.” “r/The_Donald” was particularly influential among Trump’s base: Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager for 2016 and 2020, tweeted in the months before Trump’s election that he was a daily visitor. Trump himself participated in an “Ask Me Anything” question-and-answer session on the forum during the 2016 campaign. The forum’s moderators tweeted on Wednesday that the company had moved to “totally suppress” the forum “on the eve of the Democrat Debates.” In a post on the forum, the moderators said the company has “set up an impossible standard as a reason to kill us before the 2020 election.” Forum moderators had in weeks past changed elements of the “subreddit,” removing the down-vote button and changing the “Report” button, which allows people to flag potential rule-breaking content, to say “Deport.” The “quarantine” move comes on the same day President Trump launched his latest attack against Silicon Valley. He threatened a potential lawsuit against Facebook and Google, without providing much detail, and accused Google of trying to rig the election. The company has repeatedly denied that claim. Trump also accused Twitter of limiting the reach of his tweets and censoring other conservative users, a charge the tech giant has long denied. The White House on Wednesday also announced it would gather “digital leaders” next month to talk about social media but did not elaborate on who would be in attendance. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, said in a statement Wednesday that Reddit’s response to violent threats was a “good first step.” “It’s clear that all social media companies are still not doing enough to counter extremism, misinformation, and calls for violence,” he said. “Perhaps it’s time Reddit faced some scrutiny as well.”
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Reddit Punishes Pro-Trump Community r/the_donald For Threats, Other 'Rule-Breaking Behavior'

Postby smix » Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:20 am

Reddit Punishes Pro-Trump Community r/the_donald For Threats, Other 'Rule-Breaking Behavior'
Forbes

URL: https://www.forbes.com/sites/fernandoal ... -behavior/
Category: Politics
Published: June 26, 2019

Description: Reddit's largest pro-Trump community, r/the_donald, was quarantined Wednesday morning following a deluge of posts that violate the site's content policy. This announcement was made in a post attached to the top of the subreddit, whose 754,000 subscribers have made it one of the most formidable and controversial communities on Reddit. "The reason for the quarantine is that over the last few months we have observed repeated rule-breaking behavior in your community and an over-reliance on Reddit admins to manage users and remove posts that violate our content policy, including content that encourages or incites violence. Most recently, we have observed this behavior in the form of encouragement of violence towards police officers and public officials in Oregon. This is not only in violation of our site-wide policies, but also your own community rules (rule #9). You can find violating content that we removed in your mod logs," r/the_donald moderator shadowman3001 wrote. Oregon catapulted itself to the center of American politics after 11 state senators recently fled the state in an attempt to block a vote on a climate change bill, the Daily Beast reported. The saga got even more strange when armed right-wing militias stepped in to help these senators avoid police sent to bring them back to Oregon. The following terms of the r/the_donald quarantine were also laid out by shadowman3001:
* Visitors to this community will see a warning that requires users to explicitly opt-in to viewing it. This messaging reminds users of the importance of reporting rule-breaking content.
* Custom styling has been disabled to restore the report and downvote buttons.
* We hope both these changes will help improve the signal around rule-breaking content and improve your ability to effectively address it.

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The following screengrab was also shared showing a breakdown of posts and comments removed from r/the_donald over the past month. The subreddit was started in June 2015. The decision to punish r/the_donald has been years in the making, top Reddit user Robert "gallowboob" Allam told Forbes. "It looks like reddit admins finally took actions against r/The_Donald subreddit after years of doing nothing. It is now quarantined. If there is a time to invest in popcorn, it is now," Allam said. Reddit's administration provides Forbes with the following comment: "We are clear in our site-wide policies that posting content that encourages or threatens violence is not allowed on Reddit. As we have shared, we are sensitive to what could be considered political speech, however, recent behaviors including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy. As a result, we have actioned individual users and quarantined the subreddit."
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Trump supporters claim conspiracy after Reddit 'quarantines' their biggest message board, The_Donald

Postby smix » Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:50 pm

Trump supporters claim conspiracy after Reddit 'quarantines' their biggest message board, The_Donald
The Independent

URL: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 76646.html
Category: Politics
Published: June 27, 2019

Description: Users will now be shown a warning sign before being allowed to view pro-Trump forum
Reddit has quarantined the popular pro-Trump subreddit The_Donald - citing threats against law enforcement officers. The forum is Reddit's most popular section for Donald Trump's supporters, and the president even held an "ask me anything'' session during his 2016 election campaign. Some users had apparently encouraged violence against law enforcement, angry that officials in Oregon were trying to bring back Republican state senators who left the state to avoid voting on a climate-change bill. The quarantine status means that anyone who want to access this section now have to acknowledge a warning that the subreddit violated some of Reddit's content rules, and its posts may not appear in a Reddit search. According to Reddit's rules, a quarantined community ''prevent its content from being accidentally viewed by those who do not knowingly wish to do so, or viewed without appropriate context." Moderators for the site appeared to allude to a conspiracy, posting on the site: “It would seem they’ve set up an impossible standard as a reason to kill us before the 2020 election.”

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The subreddit was created in June 2015, shortly after Donald Trump announced his campaign for the presidency, and has been a central hub for Trump supporters ever since. Members of the subreddit share memes and ideas, and Brad Parscale, Mr Trump's campaign manager, said in 2016 that he visited the page daily. The official Twitter account of the subreddit wrote on Wednesday: "They waited until the election to totally suppress us," drawing a link between the Democratic debate and the quarantine. This is not the first time Reddit has tried to minimise The_Donald's visibility: in 2017, the site changed its setting so posts from The_Donald don't appear on Reddit's front page (although it did the same for the SandersForPresident subreddit). It also cracked down on the subreddit's "most toxic" content in December 2016.
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Social platform Reddit quarantines major pro-Trump community over violence threats

Postby smix » Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:09 pm

Social platform Reddit quarantines major pro-Trump community over violence threats
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKCN1TR37D
Category: Politics
Published: June 26, 2019

Description: SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Social media site Reddit restricted access to a major forum for supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, citing threats of violence against police and public officials. While it was not banned, users accessing the forum, or subreddit, are now met with a message asking: “Are you sure you want to view this community?” before they click to enter. Quarantined subreddits also are not included in searches or recommendations. With about 755,000 subscribers, r/The_Donald is one of the largest online forums for Trump supporters, describing itself as “a never-ending rally dedicated to the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.” As a candidate in 2016, Trump held an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session on the subreddit in which he fielded questions from members. A note from Reddit administrators, posted by a moderator in the r/The_Donald subreddit, said they had observed repeated rule-breaking behavior and, recently, encouragement of violence against police and public officials in Oregon. The note was later deleted from the subreddit. “We are clear in our site-wide policies that posting content that encourages or threatens violence is not allowed on Reddit,” a Reddit spokeswoman said in a statement provided to Reuters. “We are sensitive to what could be considered political speech, however, recent behaviors including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy.” On Monday, the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America listed messages posted on the subreddit that allegedly called for violence in Oregon after Democratic Governor Kate Brown called for police to bring back Republican state senators who fled the state so climate change legislation could not be passed. Members of the subreddit responded angrily to the move, with some accusing the platform of bias against conservatives. Trump has also complained, without evidence, about alleged anti-conservative bias on social media platforms like Twitter Inc. He repeated those complaints on the Fox Business Network on Wednesday, adding that tech companies Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc should be sued. Trump’s comments came on the same day that the White House also announced that it would host a social media summit on July 11 with digital leaders. On May 15, the administration launched a website and urged the U.S. public to report instances of political bias on social media platforms. On Twitter, user @CarpeDonktum, whose memes have been re-posted by Trump, said the action taken by Reddit happened on the day of the first Democratic presidential debate: “Coincidence? Absolutely not. A community of over 700,000 Patriots.. suddenly silenced…” Reddit outlines its quarantine policies on a page that says such action is taken when there are communities “that, while not prohibited, average redditors may nevertheless find highly offensive or upsetting.” Subreddits can appeal to have quarantines lifted by showing they have changed their community moderation practices. Reddit, which stopped short of banning the forum, also said that it had taken action against individual users as well as the subreddit.
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Reddit Ignores Calls for Violence On Left-Leaning Subreddits Despite Censoring Pro-Trump Subreddit

Postby smix » Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:25 am

Reddit Ignores Calls for Violence On Left-Leaning Subreddits Despite Censoring Pro-Trump Subreddit
RedState

URL: https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/ ... subreddit/
Category: Politics
Published: June 29, 2019

Description: Reddit recently gagged the subreddit r/The_Donald with a “quarantine” that essentially makes the subreddit invisible unless you go searching directly for it. When you do, it asks you if you want to see the content within, giving you the impression that it’s dangerous. It’s not. The subreddit is a pro-Trump room that, as its defenders describe it in an article by Cullen McCue at Reality Circuit, is a pro-Trump, pro-law enforcement community within Reddit. It’s also a very large community that is heavily policed by its own moderators. However, from time to time, bad characters are going to pop up. Typically, any calls for violence or overt shows of racism are removed from the subreddit with the commenter banned. However, because it’s a pro-Trump subreddit, it’s been the target of multiple left-leaning groups:
Like any online community, r/the_donald is subject to any number of characters. You’ve got trolls, people who never leave the internet and full on radicals. Sure you can ban their accounts/remove comments – as r/the_donald has always done – but there will still be out of bounds content that seeps through the cracks. Any reasonable person can understand this, but there are agendas at play here. R/the_donald has long been a target of Reddit. Subs like r/againsthatesubreddits – Reddit’s version of Media Matters – have long had the sub in their cross-hairs. Reddit is also an overwhelmingly left-leaning site as a whole, so TD has always been under increased scrutiny.

Interestingly, as McCue points out, far left subreddits are typically left well alone, and even members from groups like Antifa have a subreddit where they congregate, and calls for violence are often ignored:
Since Reddit is overwhelmingly left-wing (and a recipient of Chinese investment), far left subreddits are undisturbed. R/ChapoTrapHouse is the home of every edgy socialist you’ve ever met. Ya know that kid you vaguely remember from high school who posts Antifa tier shit on Facebook to the point where you unfriend him, but is a skin and bones pussy when you run into him at the grocery store? This subreddit is where they all congregate. Chapo is filled with calls to violence, edgelord reactions to the suffering of their political opponents and just overall scumbaggotry. R/LateStageCapitalism is more of the same and supposedly “neutral subs” like r/politics are only populated by the most radical of leftists. Calls to violence (not removed and with up-votes) have been well documented there, in r/news, r/pics and other subs.

McCue then gave a massive list of threats and calls for violence. Here are some of the highlights.
* r/LateStageCapitalism MOD announcement – “No one can reasonably argue that the Republican congressmen shot today didn’t deserve it. They absolutely did. They created this situation of unparalleled division. They’re trying to destroy society to line their own pockets.”
* r/politics “Let’s put arsenic in drinks and slip it to Trump supporters”
* [Regarding Republicans] “What else can be done?” “Going to the homes of Republican lawmakers in the middle of the night dragging them into the street and turning them into tree ornaments [Lynching].” [+37]
* “We’re getting to the point that it’s past the need for protest but time for violent and extreme actions. The government needs to be reminded that is has a reason to be afraid of us.”
* r/anarchism praising the stabbing of a Trump supporter just for being white
There’s plenty more than that. Reddit is filthy with left-leaning conspiracy theories and calls for radicalism, yet these often go untouched because no one is really looking into them as they are right-leaning or pro-Trump subreddits. More importantly, they see that pro-Trump subreddits are perfect distribution centers of information that runs contrary to leftist and mainstream narratives. Silicon Valley’s recent drive to harness the flow of information to make it harder to counteract the lies is what made the r/The-Donald subreddit a quarantine zone, not any kind of violent rhetoric.
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The_Donald: Reddit Censors Internet’s Loudest Trump Supporters

Postby smix » Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:32 pm

The_Donald: Reddit Censors Internet’s Loudest Trump Supporters
Human Events

URL: https://humanevents.com/2019/06/26/the_ ... upporters/
Category: Politics
Published: June 26, 2019

Description: The internet’s most popular pro-Donald Trump community has been censored and suppressed ahead of the Democratic primaries.
Reddit has been home to the largest pro-Donald Trump community on the Internet since even before the 2016 election. The_Donald — the name of the group — is now censored, joining the growing list of conservative voices silenced or stifled by Big Tech. The community hosts over 755,000 subscribers, most of whom are avowed supporters of President Trump. Speaking to Human Events, Shadowman3001—a self-identified spokesman for The_Donald’s moderating team—believes the censorship of the community may be less than coincidental. It happened following the publication of a Media Matters article calling for the community to be shut down. Reddit’s decision to censor the group also falls on the day of the first Democratic primary debate. Reddit placed the community in “quarantined” status, preventing mobile users accessing it—among other penalties. The community can’t be searched for, it can’t appear on the main page in any capacity, and visiting users are greeted with an ominous message to warn them away from it. Likewise, non-members cannot view the page unless they sign up for a Reddit account, something few Reddit users do. The official reason given is alleged threats aimed at law enforcement in relation to a post about a police standoff in Oregon. According to the moderator, the post “didn’t really contain threats toward [Law Enforcement Officer], given that T_D is probably the most pro-LEO place on the internet.” The subreddit is home to memes and posts favorable to law enforcement, and regularly hosts links to the popular police YouTube channel Donut Operator. Contradicting Reddit’s official reasoning, the moderator says that the censorship boils down to the role the community played in spreading the Project Veritas Google investigation. Project Veritas’ company account and community were both banned for vague terms-of-service violations. “They decided that claiming we were threatening cops might get conservatives against us, but at the end of the day it’s just political censorship,” he said. The pro-MAGA community is the only one on the Reddit that has to follow a special set of rules that every other community on the website does not adhere to. In almost every other community (or “subreddit”), the post with the most votes will land on the front page, provided it has more upvotes than submissions in other communities. “Reddit has been finding methods to methodically censor The_Donald for years now,” explained the moderator. “Enforcing special rules that only The_Donald has to follow, largely screening our submissions from reaching the front page, allowing far-left communities to harass and dox our members (to the point of creating a chrome extension that marks anyone that posts on The_Donald).” Despite usually enough votes to dwarf other submissions on Reddit, posts on The_Donald are regularly prevented from appearing on the front page. In contrast, posts from far-left communities like r/ChapoTrapHouse and r/LateStageCapitalism grace the front page of the Conde Nast-owned platform, providing leftists with a far bigger voice than their conservative counterparts. “This is their next step, and is generally Reddit’s step just before outright banning a community,” he said. “Their reasoning is hardly sound, given that they claim they’ve had to spend too much time removing content on the subreddit that violates site-wide rules, yet their own logs show less than one removal/day.” “Technically they claim you can get out of quarantine by following the rules, but we already follow the rules, and no subreddit has ever gotten out, generally just gotten banned,” he added. For added context, the moderator revealed that only two weeks ago, Reddit stripped the The_Donald’s top moderator of his abilities to moderate while simultaneously demanding stricter moderation against terms-of-service violations. The_Donald played a major role in the months leading to Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 elections. In 2018, researchers at University College London found that The_Donald was responsible for spreading more pro-Trump memes than anywhere else on the internet, by far. Researchers say that the memes posted on The_Donald tended to be “fun,” in contrast to racially-charged political memes on Gab and 4chan’s /pol/ board. When measuring the influence each community has with respect to disseminating memes to other Web communities, we found that /pol/ has the largest overall influence for racist and political memes, however, /pol/ was the least efficient, i.e., in terms of influence w.r.t. the total number of memes posted, while The Donald is very successful in pushing memes to both fringe and mainstream Web communities. There is nothing more disarming to politics than comedy, which would explain why the powers-that-be at Reddit are scared of The_Donald. By suppressing the community, Reddit can effectively disarm Donald Trump’s political base and its ability to spread memes favorable to conservatives. The Left is, in other words, seizing the memes of production—and The_Donald won’t be its last stop.



Reddit Is Suffocating “The_Donald.”
Human Events

URL: https://humanevents.com/2019/09/26/redd ... he_donald/
Category: Politics
Published: September 26, 2019

Description: In June of 2015, Donald J. Trump rode down the golden escalators of Trump Tower in New York City and announced his intention to run for President of the United States. Shortly thereafter, on the popular news aggregation website Reddit, r/The_Donald was born. It quickly became a favorite hangout for influencers, politicians, pundits, gamers, trolls, and your average, everyday Trump supporter. The burgeoning online community was vibrant, engaged, and vocal; it was, in many ways, the digital embodiment of America’s enthusiasm for the alternative to establishment politics that Trump represented. The Donald had it all under one roof. What made The Donald unique was that—cloistered in the world of Reddit—none of the negative coverage or misrepresentations of the mainstream media were ever able to dampen the spirits of its members. While the members of r/politics (another popular group) would lose their collective minds about every new piece of fake news, The Donald was steadfast—busy mocking each and every person who dared to stand against their leader, who users lovingly referred to as “The God-Emperor Trump.” It was a rowdy, nonstop Trump extravaganza, replete with dank memes, “redpills” (a reference to taking the red pill in The Matrix), testimonials, campaigns, and encouragement for those doing great work in the online world. A profound sense of community and camaraderie was fostered by this atmosphere that is rarely seen online. The Donald grew at breakneck speed; quickly growing to more than 760,000 members. The fellowship was strong and the mission was clear: get Donald Trump elected to the White House. And in this mission, The Donald was wildly successful, earning one of the top two spots in all of the internet for creating and disseminating the most effective viral content the world had ever seen. The Donald played an important role in meming President Donald Trump into the White House. But Reddit’s progressive administrators couldn’t tolerate that, so they decided to put their thumb on the scale.
ENTER THE HALL MONITORS OF SILICON VALLEY
Before discussing how Reddit’s administrators have throttled The Donald, we should discuss how Reddit works. Users create posts in groups (referred to as a “subreddits” or “subs”) such as The Donald, and other users can upvote or downvote the post. It’s a form of social crowdsourcing—the more upvotes that a post receives, the higher it appears on the newsfeed for that group. The most upvoted posts on Reddit receive the coveted honor of appearing on the front page of the website. This provides a spotlight not only to the content of the post, but also the subreddit from which it originated. Appearing on the “front page of the internet,” as it is called, means that any visitor can see it, not just people who subscribe to The Donald. Due to this incentive structure, the goal of every subreddit is to create content that reaches the front page. Back to the story at hand. On June 12, 2016, the Pulse Nightclub shooting occurred, horrified reddit users were legitimately in search of answers regarding the tragedy. The Donald was one of the only subreddits where comments and posts were not being aggressively censored to galvanize the false media narrative alleging the attack was perpetrated by a homophobic Christian conservative—a claim that was later debunked. In a single weekend more than 85,000 people unsubscribed from r/news and similar subreddits because their questions and posts were being unjustly removed. In that week, 13 of the top 25 posts on Reddit originated from The Donald. Unsurprisingly, just 3 days later Reddit altered the website to prevent posts from The Donald from reaching the front page—ever. Beyond suppressing content, posting restrictions were also placed on The Donald. In conversations with a number of The Donald’s moderators, they told me that they were informed by Reddit administrators that the subreddit would be banned if users were found linking to other subreddits. This limitation is only placed on select reddit communities. This limitation had a dramatic impact on The Donald. If r/politics features a post claiming, for example, that Trump is a white supremacist and Russian spy who should be executed, users cannot link to that in The Donald or the entire subreddit could be banned. A flaw (or perhaps from Reddit’s point of view, a feature) of this policy is that users of The Donald are unable to respond to the falsehoods being spouted by users of other subreddits, even if the lies are directly about The Donald subreddit. The reason for these limitations on The Donald, Reddit claims, was to prevent “brigading,” a term that refers to users from one online community organizing to cause chaos on another forum. Reddit’s Site-wide anti-brigading policy prohibits abuse of the upvote/downvote system, meaning users are not allowed to go into a community and simply downvote everything that they see. But a simple search of Reddit reveals that users opposed to The Donald routinely engage in this activity themselves. And yet, despite all the throttling by Reddit administrators and brigading by hostile Reddit users, The Donald is still thriving. It maintains 10,000 active users at almost all times, making it still one of the most active communities on all of Reddit. It’s no wonder that Reddit’s administrators decided to drop the hammer.
THE QUARANTINE
On June 26, 2019, the entire subreddit was placed in a “quarantine,” indefinitely. A “quarantine” on Reddit is exactly what it sounds like: the subreddit is removed from search results both on Reddit and Google, content from the subreddit does not appear anywhere else on the site, and users must agree to a large disclaimer before they can view the subreddit. In effect, a 50-foot DANGER sign greets you at the door, cautioning against your entry. Reddit justified the “quarantine” on the grounds that The Donald tolerated posts containing “violent threats” toward police. That assertion was ludicrous. As a pro-Trump subreddit, users of The Donald are overwhelmingly supportive of the U.S. military and the police. Regardless of how hard moderators work to delete comments that violate Reddit’s rules, some will inevitably slip through the cracks. It is, after all, a group open to the public with more than 750,000 users. And yet, predictably, other subreddits are not punished for similar violations. The Donald users managed to compile 30-pages of threatening comments that violate of Reddit’s terms; most of these posts are still up on other subreddits. Those subreddits have not been quarantined or punished in any way, which suggests that Reddit selectively enforces its rules to prejudice conservatives. As of publication, The Donald remains in quarantine after two appeals. In researching this piece I spoke with three moderators of The Donald who independently confirmed that despite the team implementing the changes and meeting the benchmarks demanded by the Reddit administrators, both appeals were denied. In fact, at each appeal, additional restrictions were placed on the subreddit, effectively moving the goalpost each time. Today, September 26th, The Donald will have its third and final appeal of the year.
STRATEGIC AMBIGUITY: THE TEMPLATE FOR SLOW & SUBTLE CENSORSHIP
Reddit’s strategy is transparent. It has established a template that other social media companies can model to effectively silence conservatives. This strategy slowly turns down the volume on conservative users and platforms instead of banning them outright. By breaking their censorship into varied opaque components, it becomes more difficult to pinpoint, challenging to prove, and nearly impossible to oppose. Other prominent social media platforms are already adopting this template. Twitter, for example, is banning fewer people now than they were just a year ago. Why? Perhaps because they can much more easily restrict who can see your tweets, limit how many people retweet and interact with you, put you in quarantine, and pressure you to leave out of frustration. The largest Pro-Trump community in existence, outside of President Trump’s Twitter account, has been systematically silenced, and you likely never even knew about it. Many of the biggest stories in conservative media break there first, before being disseminated to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Moreover, The Donald is responsible for at least 15 of President Trump’s viral meme tweets. The expansive influence of The Donald is evident. The slow strangling of The Donald is not just a story about a subreddit—it is a blueprint for what is to come.
STAND AND FIGHT
What can be done? First, the subreddit will receive its final appeal of the year on September 26th. If you’re a user of The Donald or just a supporter of free speech and platform access, you can make your voice heard. Focus and attention projects importance, the best way to help The Donald is to spread the word and unite behind it. That includes prodding the President and his team to speak out against the quarantine. President Trump has done an “Ask Me Anything” event on the subreddit, and his campaign manager Brad Parscale visited the site daily during the 2016 campaign. Encouraging them to support The Donald could prove fruitful. Second, while I hope the day will never come when The Donald is outright banned from Reddit, we have to prepare for that eventuality by creating rival platforms. I created www.MemeWorld.com to serve as a backup for myself and other creators as one example. We should also support alternatives to the major social media platforms, while still maintaining battle readiness in the liberal strongholds and promote any other sites that allow conservatives to express themselves freely. That said, nothing could replace The Donald. The Donald is an island afloat in a sea of liberal tears and it offers a raft to anyone willing to reach for it. It probably cannot be recreated in a new platform, in the same way that Twitter alternatives can’t seem to replace the real thing. Many prominent conservatives have been pushing to make platform access a civil right, and that is where we must start. Though the ultimate fate of The Donald is still uncertain, it should remain a historic testament to the scale at which online organizing has flourished for conservatives. The Donald may potentially be the largest example of a distinct internet community to be stifled by a Big Tech platform. Its very existence is proof of how important platform access is to the conservative political movement. Reddit’s quarantine, on the other hand, is a microcosm of internet censorship against conservatives that can teach us how to succeed in the future. The biggest story, it turns out, was one that never could have reached the “front page of the internet,” because it was banned from doing so. We must fight tooth and nail against a world in which dark tech lords like the Reddit administrators can flagrantly manipulate the rules of online engagement to achieve their desired political ends. Conceding any territory on this issue all but guarantees a future where conservatives are forced to live as second-class members of any online community. There is a war being waged for the First Amendment in the age of the internet, and compromise only strengthens the position of the enemy. It’s up to us to make the internet great again.
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Reddit CEO on The Donald Subgroup: ‘This Is Not What We Want Users Seeing’

Postby smix » Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:33 pm

Reddit CEO on The Donald Subgroup: ‘This Is Not What We Want Users Seeing’
MRC NewsBusters

URL: https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/techw ... ers-seeing
Category: Politics
Published: July 25, 2019

Description: The front page of the internet might be getting ready to backpage supporters of President Trump. In a podcast interview with Vox’s Kara Swisher, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman went into great detail about how to silence conservatives on the popular site. He explained what a quarantine was, why conservative subreddit The_Donald was quarantined on June 26, and why Reddit could ban subreddits. While Huffman constantly referred to policing speech on the internet as “problematic,” he had no problem admitting that Reddit “does make decisions on that level.” When Swisher asked about the quarantine of The_Donald, he stated that a community couldn’t use it’s political beliefs “as a shield to behave dangerously.” Huffman stated that he knew “we didn’t create Reddit. Our users created Reddit.” However, he didn’t seem to have any respect for the portion of those users that supported President Trump. In describing The_Donald, he said “They are self-described as a never-ending rally for the President, which I think is important in this context, if we just consider the behavior of people at those rallies.” He made sure that listeners knew what the far left viewed The_Donald as, saying “ If you ask the far left, that’s where Nazis are born and bred. I think a little bit closer to reality is that their ethos is less in hate and more in pissing off liberals. Which is annoying, and they’re really good at it, and is not against our content policy.” Or is it? Huffman alluded to the original offenses that put The_Donald under quarantine (users threatened violence against police officers in Oregon), but said, “If they don’t get a hold of this, its problematic for us and for our community and I think for our country, and so that can go all the way to a ban.” He said that the community hadn’t changed since the quarantine, claiming a YouTube video that represented the “Send Her Back” chant was “stickied” to the top of the subreddit. In his words, “I haven’t seen a change yet.” Huffman also explained the concept of a quarantine to Swisher, saying, “We’re not sure quite how to ban it yet, or how to justify this, but this is not what we want users seeing. This is not what we want to be representing to the world. So we’re going to put them on this like, list of sanctions.” Eventually, that quarantine could blossom into a ban, said Huffman. When Swisher mentioned transparency, Huffman argued that some of Reddit’s policies were vague for a reason. He stated, “Our policies deliberately leave a little wiggle room. I think that room for interpretation is important. We have to adapt with the changing situation.”
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Reddit's Pro-Trump Community 'The Donald' Claims Site Ignores Violent Left-Wing Threats

Postby smix » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:07 pm

Reddit's Pro-Trump Community 'The Donald' Claims Site Ignores Violent Left-Wing Threats
Breitbart News

URL: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/08/ ... g-threats/
Category: Politics
Published: August 2, 2019

Description: Members of the large pro-Trump community on Reddit, The_Donald, have compiled over a hundred examples of left-wing threats of violence on the social platform, including threats of violence against law enforcement, prominent media pundits, and politicians after the site censored the community of 750,000 Trump supporters. This came after Reddit’s administrators decided to place the site’s largest hub of Trump supporters under “quarantine” on the basis of a single threat of violence, which was quickly removed by moderators of the pro-Trump community. To expose Reddit’s double standards, Trump supporters on Reddit have compiled a mammoth list of threats of violence on left-wing Reddit communities, which appeared without any punishment from Reddit’s administrators. The posts have been archived and compiled in a document, with over 100 examples from various left-wing Reddit communities including: r/Politics, r/LateStageCapitalism, r/ChapoTrapHouse, the anti-cop subreddit r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut, r/FuckTheAltRight, and r/Socialism. Despite the numerous documented and archived threats of violence, none of these communities have yet been quarantined by Reddit’s administrators. Here are just a few of the examples unearthed by pro-Trump Reddit users:
* “Merry Christmas kill all cops and their families” (r/ChapoTrapHouse)
* “These fucking Nazis need to be executed like the original ones” (a reference to Oregon GOP state senators on r/LateStageCapitalism)
* “These sort of scum is what linching [sic] is for. Kill them” (r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut)
* “Socialist Rifle Association, Pink Pistols, Redneck Revolt unite! Time for some Nazi and GOP head hunting!” (r/ChapoTrapHouse)
The full document, which contains over a hundred examples of left-wing threats of violence on Reddit, can be read below.
Reddit's Left-Wing Violence Problem and How T_D Got Punished for It - Copy
The report’s compilers urged that more attention be paid to Reddit, one of the largest and most influential social platforms on the web, in debates about political bias and censorship. “As Facebook, Twitter, and Google are often the subjects of censorship of conservatives on major internet platforms, Reddit, even though it is the 6th largest nationally visited site and 21st-largest worldwide, often escapes scrutiny” wrote the compilers. “As this report demonstrates, r/The_Donald received incredibly disproportionate punishment while politically liberal subreddits escape any sort of negative action by administrators.” Reddit is a social platform that allows pseudonymous users of the site to create posts, share links and images, and spread other users’ posts to the rest of the site by voting it up (or voting it down, to accomplish the reverse). Anyone can set up a “subreddit” devoted to a particular topic, and /r/The_Donald has emerged as the largest pro-Trump subreddit with over 750,000 subscribed users. In 2016, the community’s size and high levels of activity meant its users frequently caused pro-Trump memes to go viral across the site. The community continues to enjoy a large size and level of activity, but it has since been censored by Reddit’s left-wing owners. The_Donald is now “quarantined,” meaning that Reddit users will only see content from it if they choose to subscribe. Even if a post on The_Donald were to attract more votes than any other post on the site, users would still not be able to see it unless they subscribe. The community was quarantined in June, allegedly because of a threat of violence made by a random user on the pro-Trump community, even though Reddit admins acknowledged that The_Donald moderators followed the site rules and removed the offending post. Breitbart News has reached out to Reddit for comment.
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