“All communities on Reddit must adhere to our content policy in good faith. We ban r / The_Donald because it has not, despite all opportunities,” Reddit said Monday.
Reddit said the vast majority of accounts it is banning are inactive, and of these, only about 200 have more than 10 daily users.
The bans were part of a broader update to Reddit’s content policy announced Monday. Reddit released a series of rules that prohibit spam and malicious attempts to interfere with other communities.
For social media, announcing new policies is the easy part, but applying them is the biggest challenge. Reddit said its app will include “kindly asking you to cancel it,” temporarily or permanently suspending accounts, adding restrictions to communities, and removing content.
Reddit, which calls itself the first page on the Internet, has long struggled to tackle hateful and racist content on its platform. Steve Huffman, co-founder and CEO of Reddit, has been criticized in the past for failing to take action in site communities where racist opinions and language are frequently thrown. In 2018, he said racial slurs are allowed on the site.
An open letter, signed by more than 800 communities on Reddit earlier this month, urged Huffman to take six steps to combat racism and hate, including creating a policy against racism, name calling and hate speech. targeting protected groups as well as “being proactive” in banning hateful users and hate-based communities. The letter also said that Reddit needs to recruit more women and minorities, especially in leadership roles.