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The Reddit hub for the alt-right community was shut down for violating the site’s terms of service, Reddit told the Daily Dot in a statement.
“Reddit is the proud home to some of the most authentic conversations online. We strive to be a welcoming, open platform for all by trusting our users to maintain an environment that cultivates genuine conversation and adheres to our content policy,” Reddit added. “[W]e ask our communities not to post content that harasses or invites harassment… There is no single solution to these issues and we are actively engaging with the Reddit community to improve everyone’s experience.”
It’s unclear how many members were a part of the group. Its page claims to have had a subscriber base of more than 7 million members, but its script elements showed moderators had modified its number by adding three zeros to the end of the subscriber count.
A cached version of the group’s subreddit page shows it has a contingency plan in the event of being banned. The group’s new home is Voat, a community platform similar to Reddit. The replacement has 488 subscribers as of this writing.
Reddit has increased its efforts to crack down on hate speech, something the alt-right doesn’t shy away from.
Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.