Good riddance! That place was toxic!

Courtesy of NYT:

Reddit, one of the largest social networking and message board websites, on Monday banned its biggest community devoted to President Trump as part of an overhaul of its hate speech policies.

The community or “subreddit,” called “The_Donald,” is home to more than 790,000 users who post memes, viral videos and supportive messages about Mr. Trump. Reddit executives said the group, which has been highly influential in cultivating and stoking Mr. Trump’s online base, had consistently broken its rules by allowing people to target and harass others with hate speech.

“Reddit is a place for community and belonging, not for attacking people,” Steve Huffman, the company’s chief executive, said in a call with reporters. “‘The_Donald’ has been in violation of that.”

“The_Donald,” which has been a digital foundation for Mr. Trump’s supporters, is by far the most active and prominent community that Reddit decided to act against. For years, many of the most viral Trump memes that broke through to Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere could be traced back to “The_Donald.” One video, “The Trump Effect,” originated on “The_Donald” in mid-2016 before bubbling up to Mr. Trump, who tweeted it to his 83 million followers.

Social media sites are facing a reckoning over the types of content they host and their responsibilities to moderate and police that content. While Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit and others originally positioned themselves as neutral sites that simply hosted people’s posts and videos, users are now pushing them to take steps against hateful, abusive and false speech on their platforms.

I love Reddit and find it a great source for content that I use here on IM, or simply enjoy looking at during my downtime. 

However, there are some controversial subreddits and posts as well, and you have to use your own internal filter to avoid stumbling upon some truly disturbing images, videos, and articles designed to anger,  frighten or shock you. 

I am mostly a lurker and abstain from making too many comments, but there have been times when the urge to correct lies and misinformation has been almost overwhelming. 

And one of the worst places for misinformation and Right-Wing bullshit was “The_Donald” which I have now avoided for over two years. 

So it is no great loss to the internet that the subreddit has been removed, but I imagine the Trump supporters are losing their shit.