Reddit bans pro-Trump /r/The_Donald for “rule-breaking content”

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Reddit has banned hundreds of subreddits after a major rewrite of its content rules, the site announced on Monday. The newly banned subreddits include /r/The_Donald, a leading forum for fans of the president. Reddit also banned /r/ChapoTrapHouse—a subreddit dedicated to the popular left-wing podcast.

The bans are the latest signs of how much Reddit’s content-moderation policy has evolved. Until 2015, the site hosted openly racist subreddits. But like Twitter and other social media sites, Reddit has adopted increasingly strict policies against hosting hate speech.

The new version of Reddit’s content policies makes Reddit’s opposition to hate speech more overt. “Reddit is a place for creating community and belonging, not for attacking marginalized or vulnerable groups of people,” the company says in the first of its eight new rules.

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