Reddit Purges Nazi And Far-Right Message Boards

The Verge reports:

Reddit has shut down several Nazi and white supremacist subreddits after a policy change banning material that “encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people.”

The news was posted earlier today in Reddit’s moderator news forum, and commenters noted that at least 10 subreddits have been banned since then, including r/NationalSocialism, r/Nazi, and r/DylannRoofInnocent. Reddit is also banning anything that glorifies or encourages abuse of animals, including bestiality-themed subreddits.

This is a noteworthy shift for Reddit, which was reticent to ban almost any non-illegal material until 2015. It’s since removed some overtly hate-oriented boards over doxing and general nuisance, and “quarantined” others — including at least one of the newly banned ones, as Gizmodo writes — so they’re not visible to casual visitors.

  • Comixbear

    What do the Nazi’s need Reddit for when they get their messages out through the White House?

  • kcken

    Reddit should ban the_donald as well. Those folks are just as crazy.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Well, we are free to be crazy.

  • Henry Auvil

    Lobbyists for the tiki torch industry will likely take this to court.

    • Tawreos

      I doubt they like the use their product has been put to any more than we do.

      • The company that makes them issued a public denouncement the day after the march. No, they don’t like it and made a public statement to that effect.

        • wds

          I think the statement was loaded with sarcasm … LOL

          • Nowhereman

            I just looked it up and it sounded sincere.

  • Leo

    There’s been constant calls since GamerGate for this, including ALL of Ellen Pao’s tenure. Clearly they saw an economic incentive in dragging their feet which is reprehensible. Whenever I tell fellow millennials I avoid Reddit as it’s been infected by 4Chan I get weird looks but now I can defend it.

    • Gustav2

      Millennial nephew, our IT guy for the home,(lol sometimes the stereotype is true) was worried I was going on Reddit and dealing with 4Chan, the hubby asked, “What’s Reddit?”

    • Daveed_WOW

      Reddit is vast, wide and deep. You’d be surprised. Unfortunately, you have to take the good with the appalling. There are some lovely communities with superb self-discipline. /r/raisedbynarcissists/ /r/arresteddevelopment/ /r/BlackLivesMatter/ among them.

  • Tawreos

    If I had the knowledge and resources I would start a right wing alternative to Reddit and let them go crazy on it. Make some money and be able to keep the outside world informed of all of their sick shit

    • canoebum

      It’s been done. They call it Fox News.

    • Adam King

      Mr. Breitbart! You’re not dead after all!

  • Leo
    • HZ81

      Couldn’t happen to a nicer, creepy, GOP-brown-nosing hack.

      • Gustav2

        Maybe Ann Romney can give him a job as her yoga helper.

        • liondon#iamnotatraitor

          Meow.

        • Nowhereman

          Is the position of car elevator operator still open?

    • bambinoitaliano

      Somewhat related topic about sexual harassment. This Canadian comedian routine was a few months old until someone posted on the social media that went viral.
      http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/blog/comedian-breaks-down-his-viral-homophobia-makes-no-sense-standup-bit-1.4367724

      • Hank

        Thanks for posting the link. I needed a Good morning laugh!

    • GayOldLady

      I wondered why Halperin tilted toward being a Trump apologist. Now I know. It also explains what it was in his personality that I disliked.

      • Gustav2

        And I never understood why a nice Jewish boy defended the Roman Catholic Church as much as he did.

        • GayOldLady

          That’s sort of like defending a serial killer.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Always thought there was sumthin’ wrong with that boy

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        … and good riddance!

      • Joe in PA

        Isn’t it funny how you “can just tell” about some people. Sigh.

    • Ninja0980

      Couldn’t have happened to a nicer asshole.

    • And they didn’t know this whole time? Sue the crap out of them. I don’t like our lawsuit-happy culture but it’s the only way to change corporate behavior. Corporations only have one purpose: to make money. So if something isn’t hurting their bottom line, they don’t care what harm they are doing. Make them pay until it hurts and then they will change their behavior. Not one second before. It’s sad that it has to come to that, but it does.

      • Lars Littlefield

        A wise piece of advice given to me by a fellow project manager many years ago, “You’re not fully an adult until you’ve been sued and counter sue.” He was right.

  • Boreal

    More oppression against those poor Nazis. Whining about their free speech being violated in 3…..2…….1.

    • Bluto

      Cuz the deplorables interpret the 1st Amendment as they can say anything, the rest of us have to follow & no one can criticize.

      • Boreal

        As evidenced by the snowflakes we saw posting on NPR. 🙂

        • GayOldLady

          I haven’t heard that story, can you share it?

          • Bluto

            See Joe’s post from yesterday, Nazi suing Boston mayor for calling him a nazi & follow the link. nazis being called nazis really hurts their feelings. Boreal & I were having fun.

          • GayOldLady

            Thanks Bluto. I missed that somehow.

  • Tawreos

    Maybe it is just my dirty mind, but I think the caption for the picture up top could be “Open wide guys and prepare to suck the cock of freedom” Maybe I just need more coffee.

    • HZ81

      Ha, I was just thinking “Is it wrong of me to want to totally Face-$^%& that front Nazi and leave him bewildered and alone in my very racially diverse neighborhood?”

      I know. I am a monster.

      • Tawreos

        You’d only be a monster if you yelled “Nazi on the loose” after you released him into the neighborhood.

        • HZ81

          That’s a good idea—I mean, that’s awful! 😉

    • Acronym Jim

      No, you’re not alone. At least it wasn’t Jared.

  • TrueWords

    it is about time…

  • TrueWords
    • Ernest Endevor

      Is there anything sadder than a crying nazi?

      • Boreal

        When I run out of good beer on the weekend.

        • Uncle Mark

          That’s when you switch to drinking the sweet tears of unfathomable Nazi sadness.

      • jerry

        “Last Call”

      • Yes, almost everything that is sad is sadder. Nazis shot at my uncles. One of them had such PTSD that he drank himself to death over the next 20 years. I’d be happy to punch those motherfuckers in the face. How dare they embrace that ideology. Send them all to Guantanamo where they can share cells with all the other terrorists.

        • Ernest Endevor

          You do understand that I’m expressing my contempt for this jackass? Unfortunately, none of them seem to be aware of the realities of nazism and the history of WWII.

  • Acronym Jim

    I’m pretty sure the guy front and center could (does?) have a pretty good career in gay porn if this whole Nazi thing doesn’t work out for him.

    • greenmanTN

      I think somebody just pulled out but the message from his brain telling him to close his mouth hasn’t gotten that far yet.

    • DaddyRay

      He sure does a have a purdy mouth

    • Tawreos

      The bald guy behind him looks like he is ready to take a monster cock in a porn movie.

      • GayOldLady

        The bald guy behind him is the crying Nazi.

        • Tawreos

          So he will be taking one in prison then.

          • Uncle Mark

            Just one?

          • Tawreos

            well one is more than I am getting and he shouldn’t be allowed to have that much fun in jail.

  • Leo
    • Boreal

      GOP has always been the party of family values.

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C8CUt5aVwAE6NB_.jpg

      • Joe in PA

        RE the red sweater: when you have to advertise…

        Sad!

        • Boreal

          It’s free. No one would pay for that and even free I’ll bet there are no takers.

          • Joe in PA

            {{{shudders}}}

          • Boreal

            Still there is no accounting for taste. Two words illustrate this:
            Kim Davis.

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            I still don’t get how she got at least 3 takers and is probably making the moves on those guys taking her out of the country.

        • Snarkaholic

          Judging by her face alone, she looks like she has the I.Q. of celery.

      • worstcultever

        Nah, they think “deplorable” is fun and they wear it like a badge of honor. Have seen at least two “i’m a deplorable” bumper stickers in my town

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          That’s what keys are made for.
          /s

      • JRDC

        Well, first he’d have to find your pussy under all that fat, bitch.

      • Yeah, I remember. I also remember thinking that big city liberals needed to actually meet some conservatives in the Bible Belt and they’d know what hypocrites they are. 30 years later and they are finally cluing in. Slow, that bunch.

    • zhera

      Sometimes when people go dement they forget how to not be rude and handsy. Not defending him, just trying to understand what’s going on.

      • kareemachan

        When somebody thinks a “cop-a-feel” joke is okay, then they are either 1) dealing with dementia or 2) stupider than shit or 3) Texan.

        ETA: or 4) all of the above.

        Just sayin’….

    • There have been plenty of rumors over the years of Bush Sr being a womanizer. In fact there was one press conference while he was veep when the press was going to ask him about an affair and he (I’m not making this up) rolled out his aging invalid mother. This was the 80s so the press wasn’t going to ask such questions in front of his mother. And then other stories hit and they lost interest. This isn’t mentioned much any more. The press largely ignored these stories before Gary Hart (1988). Even now the “mainstream” press doesn’t like to cover them unless someone else breaks them first. They like to think they are above the tabloid press but most of them aren’t. Not any more.

  • Joe in PA

    reticent to ban almost any non-illegal material….

    So they are just now getting around to banning: abuse of animals, including bestiality-themed subreddits

    Ah, I’m pretty sure that’s been illegal for a long time.

    • Tawreos

      They probably have a difficult time getting people to go to those subreddits and check to see if they should be banned, personally you couldn’t pay me enough to get near those

    • Halou

      Surprisingly not actually. Denmark only made it illegal to have sex with animals in 2015. And other countries rely on generic ‘animal abuse’ laws to address the matter.

      • Tawreos

        I bet the number one comment when doing so was “Really? We really have to tell people this is wrong?”

    • Gustav2

      Bestiality is not illegal in all states:

      Eight states — Hawaii, Kentucky, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming — and the District of Columbia still lack anti-bestiality laws. Some states inadvertently lifted earlier prohibitions on human-animal sex when they were updating their laws to remove sodomy as a crime.Apr 1, 2017

      ttps://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/ohio/articles/2017-04-01/bestiality-crimes-targeted-by-new-state-laws-fbi-reporting

      • Joe in PA

        🙁 Thanks for that reminder of how fucked up we are. ;(

        • Gustav2

          It’s my job. 😉

      • Joe in PA

        Ya know…when I was typing that comment, I thought, maybe that “abuse of animals” thing was not illegal everywhere. I thought…nah, I’m good.

        Ugh.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Wyoming is a big wool state. Even so, sheep can’t give consent.
        Someone needs to speak up for them!

        • Joe in PA

          Never been a big football fan (surprise) but when the Philadelphia Eagles hired Michael Vick, I swore I’d never watch again. And haven’t. And some of my neighbors who are huge dog lovers were just fine with it as long as they could watch their football. Ugh.

          • kareemachan

            Yeah, Vicks was SO contrite. Made me want to puke.

  • Halou
  • shellback

    I think there should be a site that posts photos from nazi rallies so people can positively identify each person. How employers and others use that information is there business.

  • Michael R

    I know less about Reddit than I do about Facething and Twit thing

    • shellback

      I think I love you.

    • Joe in PA

      You forgot “and get off my lawn”.

      🙂

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      Reddit is like the penny saver…face thing is like middle school on steroids and Twit thing …well picture the nastiest gossipper in your whole life… now give them an inferiority complex and a megaphone.

      • kelven

        Great metaphor.

      • Javier Smith

        It’s like a modern version of usenet.

        • Ah, but for the days of talk.bizarre gone past. :p

      • I will say that I’ve followed a few very specific subreddits (some anime shows, video games, and also /baseball/), but those are narrow enough that there’s not the nastiness that’s in the general stuff.

        • Bunter

          Reddit can have quite normal discussionboards, it’s not all nazis and pedos.

    • overandover17

      Reddit is Joe My God’s comment page on steroids.

      • kareemachan

        Reddit is a snarling, drooling, violence-driven piece of shit. JMG? Not even close. And much more civilized.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    So…where will President Trump get his next cabinet member from now?

  • TuuxKabin

    This is a noteworthy shift for Reddit . . .

    First glance I read ‘shit for Reddit . .. ‘ either way, those guys sure have big mouths. Just wonderin’.

  • GayOldLady

    How About 4 Chan? Isn’t there a lot of Nazi, White Nationalist, Homophobe and Women Hating Groups out there too?

    • Tread

      4chan was created by the very people who populate those boards. Plus there’s too much money to be made.

  • Lawerence Collins
  • I want to see their comments on this decrying the abuse of their 1st Amendment rights so I can explain to them that’s reddit is not the government and owes them no such rights. Nimrods.

    • kareemachan

      Russians don’t recognize 1st Amendment rights for being what they are…..

  • Taylor Bixler

    The problem is they will just find some place else if they have not already. These folks are well-funded (good job Mercers!), connected and playing a long game.
    https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/59ypnn/the-extreme-right-is-increasingly-organized-globalized-and-winning-over-gen-z

    • Tread

      Talk about a family that needs to meet a horrific end.

  • safari

    I stopped going to Reddit. It’s not worth it.

  • kareemachan

    Fuck almighty, it took *this* long?

  • Tread

    Until they ban r/the_donald and r/theredpill subreddits, they have no ground to stand on.

  • Better late than never. And it’s not like they didn’t know. They were clearly labelled. Are they waiting for someone to get killed? Oh wait…that already happened. Yet another reminder why I have always avoided reddit.

  • KnownDonorDad

    It’s past time for major internet-based organizations push back against the rise in Nazi/white supremacist ideology.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Side note: and so many of us hoped the Internet, providing widespread access to evidence-based information, would create a sort of new enlightenment….

    • Bunter

      Oh god I remember that.

      I’m old.

  • AaronD12

    What about /r/The_Donald?

  • Lars Littlefield

    So Reddit has removed slightly more than half of its message boards? How will it survive?

  • andrew

    Good move.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Too little, too late. Again.

  • Nowhereman

    Baby steps, but at least in the right direction. I think that all of these “platforms” that have been enabling these terrorists and claiming free speech are starting to see the lawsuits that will be coming their way if they don’t clean up their act.