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An editor for the Southern Poverty Law Center clarifies its stance in regards to the controversial subreddit.
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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Kevin Morris is a veteran web reporter and editor who specializes in longform journalism. He led the Daily Dot’s esports vertical and, following its acquisition by GAMURS in late 2016, launched Dot Esports, where he serves as the site’s editor-in-chief.