Reddit bans white nationalist groups ‘altright’ and ‘alternativeright’

Online message board Reddit has shut down two high-profile white nationalist groups on the site because of doxxing.

“Altright” and “Alternativeright” were banned Wednesday because of “the proliferation of personal and confidential information,” Reddit says on those pages.

It takes a lot to get banned from Reddit, which because of its free-speech credo and anonymous nature has become a haven for hatred. White nationalist groups have become more popular on Reddit recently, and they were busy during the presidential campaign as they backed Donald Trump.

But Reddit frowns on doxxing — spreading people’s personal information without their permission — that can lead to harassment.

“We are very clear in our site terms of service that posting of personal information can get users banned from Reddit and we ask our communities not to post content that harasses or invites harassment,” a Reddit spokeswoman told SiliconBeat in an email Thursday. “We have banned r/altright due to repeated violations of the terms of our content policy.”

Reddit did not provide information on the doxxing, but reports say it might be related to releasing information about the protester who punched Richard Spencer, the white nationalist, during a TV interview recently.

One of the banned groups, altright, reportedly had more than 16,000 subscribers and saw a 37 percent boost in January as Trump took office. One of the group’s moderators told the Daily Beast that it was “banned without notification or justification,” and also because of “recent record monthly traffic.”

Previously banned Reddit groups include “CoonTown” and “rapingwomen.” In addition, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman was recently involved in a controversy over the site’s banning of “pizzagate,” a subreddit dedicated to proving the conspiracy theory that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and campaign chairman John Podesta were running a child-trafficking ring out of Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant Comet Ping Pong.


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  • Skydoor Blue

    Censorship is a slippery slope that won’t end well.

  • UVN

    They are using any excuse to ban anything and anyone that are right of center.

  • MisatoKatsuragi

    they ban and censor ideas they cannot defeat. typical of the subhuman filth