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Why is Reddit Banning Groups and Users?

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After implementing a new content policy weeks ago, Reddit has cracked down on specific groups and users, sparking both cheers and outrage. In an announcement today, Reddit explained the reasons behind the mass banning on the site.

See the announcement here:

The post, in r/announcements, Reddit reestablished the new guidelines against hate groups and speech on their platform, and apologized for the lack of support of vulnerable or abused populations on Reddit, saying:

"...we admit we have fallen short towards this end. We are committed to working with you to combat the bad actors, abusive behaviors, and toxic communities that undermine our mission and get in the way of the creativity, discussions, and communities that bring us all to Reddit in the first place.

The site promised to take "immediate" actions, such as warning and subsequently banning users and communities like r/The_Donald and r/ChapoTrapHouse, who had refused to adhere to the new guidelines. Long term solutions, however, would require the support and active contextual participation of the community, the announcement noted.

"...communities and users that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned," said the announcement, explaining that efforts to preserve intellectual freedom and a large political spectrum have been made, but that all content must abide by the rules. Individuals and communities who refuse to do so do not have the freedom to exploit other users and communities to promote hate, it said.

While the new rules are made to protect marginalized or vulnerable groups of people, users shared concerns with how these groups are defined, citing the restrictions:

"Marginalized or vulnerable groups include, but are not limited to, groups based on their actual and perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or disability. These include victims of a major violent event and their families."

"... the rule does not protect groups of people who are in the majority or who promote such attacks of hate."

The problem of "majority" sparked much debate, as those responding to the announcement questioned how a global community could always be measured in majority/minority terms.

Are you a redditor? Do you agree with the changes? How should the "majority" issue be handled? What are some ways a huge online forum could be moderated effectively? Tell me below!