The Daily Dot first reported on the news when it broke two weeks ago. However, after I repeated the fact in a recent article, multiple people reached out to me saying it simply wasn’t true. They noted that, while the SPLC did write about the subreddit in a so-called “intelligence report” about misogynistic sites, it never formally classified r/MensRights as a hate group.
We reached out to SPLC Intelligence Report Editor Mark Potok. Here’s what he told us in an email:
“It’s false. We wrote about the subreddit Mens Rights, but we did not list it as a hate group . . .
“In almost all cases, we list hate groups at the end of each calendar year when we publish lists. I very much doubt we would ever list the Reddit [r/MensRights] in question—it’s a diverse group, which certainly does include some misogynists—but I don’t think that’s [its basic] purpose.”
So, there you have it: r/MensRights is too diverse for simple classifications. It’s not a hate group.
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