Reddit on Wednesday “quarantined” the popular and controversial subreddit r/The_Donald — the platform’s biggest pro-President Donald Trump forum — after it said it has encouraged “rule-breaking behavior.”
Officials from Reddit said the questionable behavior included “encouragement of violence towards police officers and public officials in Oregon.”
The forum has served as a highly trafficked gathering place for supporters of Trump and Republicans on Reddit, the fifth-most popular website in the United States — and the quarantine could further inflame conservatives’ claims of social media bias, The Washington Post noted.
Created in 2015, “The_Donald” counts roughly 750,000 followers and advertises itself as “a never-ending rally dedicated to the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”
“We are clear in our sitewide policies that posting content that encourages or threatens violence is not allowed,” Reddit spokeswoman Anna Soellner said in a statement to the Post.
“We are sensitive to what could be considered political speech,” Soellner added, but “recent behaviors including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy.”
Oregon catapulted itself to the center of American politics after 11 state senators recently fled the state in an attempt to block a vote on a climate change bill, The Daily Beast reported.
The saga got even more strange when armed right-wing militias stepped in to help these senators avoid police sent to bring them back to Oregon.
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