Reddit updates content policy, promises to quarantine ‘extremely offensive’ communities

Reddit updates content policy, promises to quarantine ‘extremely offensive’ communities

Reddit has changed its content policy, and will now quarantine communities “whose content would be considered extremely offensive to the average redditor.”

In addition, Reddit has outright banned five subreddits: /r/CoonTown, /r/WatchNiggersDie, /r/bestofcoontown, /r/koontown, /r/CoonTownMods, /r/CoonTownMeta.

Those seem to be the only subeddits that have drawn Reddit’s ire. Other similarly offensive communities like “/r/blackpeoplehate” and “/r/nazi” are still active, possibly because they haven’t been reported to Reddit as having offensive content.

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman says communities that “exist solely to annoy other redditors” will not be tolerated.

Today, in addition to applying Quarantines, we are banning a handful of communities that exist solely to annoy other redditors, prevent us from improving Reddit, and generally make Reddit worse for everyone else. Our most important policy over the last ten years has been to allow just about anything so long as it does not prevent others from enjoying Reddit for what it is: the best place online to have truly authentic conversations.

I believe these policies strike the right balance.

Reddit isn’t saying if the members in those banned communities will suffer any consequences as a result of the updated content policy, but the existing rules do allow Reddit to suspend or restrict personal accounts as needed.

Content Policy Update [Reddit]

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