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Reddit bans Nazis, discussions that incite violence

The famous “anything goes” online discussion forum Reddit does have limits — and it’s now drawn them at Nazis and white supremacists.

The site posted a clarification Wednesday saying it would “take action against any content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people.”

The San Francisco-based company that runs the site has shut down at least ten discussion topics, including ones titled NationalSocialism, Nazi, EuropeanNationalism and DylannRoofInnocent.

Dylann Roof, a self-avowed white supremacist, murdered nine people at a Bible study class at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. in 2015.

Most of the groups had between 7,000 and 25 members.

Reddit will also cut content that “glorifies or encourages the abuse of animals,” though that ban does not apply to discussions of hunting.

Until 2015 the discussion board that calls itself “the front page of the Internet” did not ban any material as long as it was legal. Beginning then, it cut some specifically hate-oriented discussion groups.


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