Reddit’s biggest community for supporters of President Donald Trump is no more.
The message board site banned more than 2,000 subreddits that regularly broke its rules on harassment, hate speech, and targeting on Monday, CEO Steve Huffman announced in a post. One of those subreddits was r/The_Donald, a pro-Trump forum with more than 790,000 users.
“All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith. We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity,” Huffman wrote. “The community has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average … and its mods have refused to meet our most basic expectations.”
The subreddits were banned as part of Reddit’s enforcement of a new policy on hate speech, which states that people or subreddits who “promote hate based on identity or vulnerability” will be banned. The policy also prohibits targeting “victims of a major violent event and their families.”
“To be clear, views across the political spectrum are allowed on Reddit — but all communities must work within our policies and do so in good faith, without exception,” Huffman wrote.