A few days after a crowd broke out in the US Capitol against Donald Trump’s 2020 electoral loss, another major social media platform has banned a popular pro-Trump forum. reddit This morning confirmed that this R / DonaldTrump subredit closed on Wednesday due to a “repeated policy violation” on the platform.
A spokesperson for the site told ClearTips:
Reddit’s site-wide policies prohibit content that promotes or encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for hate against people or groups of individuals. Accordingly, we are continuously reaching out to intermediaries to remind us of our policies and to provide support or resources as needed. We have taken action to ban community r / donaldtramps prohibiting repeated policy violations in recent times in relation to violence in the US Capitol. “
While r / donaldtrump did not withstand the infamy of some other pro-Trump sub-groups, the site was a current hub for the Stop the Steel movement. Subredit encouraged people to participate in a DC rally that turned fatal violence at the Capitol: a side banner on r / donaldtrump featured an image of President Trump as Uncle Sam. “POTUS Wants You in DC on 1/06/21” it read.
Reddit declined to explain more specifics about why the subredit was removed, but note that its action against r / donaldtrump was set aside and no other subredits were banned today. The subredit did not belong to President Trump in any official capacity.
Prior to the invasion of the Capitol, many of Trump’s supporters attended a rally near the White House at Trump’s own event. While that event stagnated around a stage, Trump eventually encouraged his attendees to march toward Congress to express their displeasure over the election results.
Reddit has historically been known to large pro-Trump communities for their toxic behavior and violent threats against public figures. Last June, Reddit banned the most controversial subcontracted r / The_Donald, who was in the midst of a big sweep of pages. A year ago, Reddit quarantined r / The_Donald, making the need for an opt-in screen more difficult to search and for anyone visiting the screen.
Reddit’s decision to close the hub for Trump supporters follows several other de-platforming on key services including Facebook, Twitch, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Shopify.