Reddit has had enough.
Six months after the discussion site banned r/The_Donald, a notoriously noxious subreddit dedicated to Donald Trump, the company moved to boot its likewise rotten sibling. The action follows the violent seizing of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists, an action that resulted in at least five deaths.
“Reddit’s site-wide policies prohibit content that promotes hate, or encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence against groups of people or individuals,” the spokesperson wrote. “In accordance with this, we have been proactively reaching out to moderators to remind them of our policies and to offer support or resources as needed. We have also taken action to ban the community r/donaldtrump given repeated policy violations in recent days regarding the violence at the U.S. Capitol.”
In case that isn’t clear enough, a message plastered across www.reddit.com/r/donaldtrump gets directly to the point.
“This community was banned due to a violation of Reddit’s rules against inciting violence,” reads the message.
The r/DonaldTrump subreddit, as it currently stands.
An archived version of the subreddit from Jan. 7, courtesy of the Internet Archive, shows the “Stop The Steal!” language similar to that found in pro-Trump Facebook groups both before and after the seizure of the Capitol building.
As of yesterday, Reddit showed the r/DonaldTrump subreddit as having over 52,000 members.