Reddit Quarantines r/The_Donald

Reddit Restricted

The r/The_Donald subreddit started to heat up a bit (along with the rest of the internet) back in June of 2019 amid the Oregon controversy where lawmakers walked out on a vote for a climate change bill. Due to “repeated rule breaking behavior”, to Reddit decided to quarantine r/The_Donald.

From Reddit’s quarantine notice:

Over the last few months we have observed repeated rule-breaking behavior in your community and an over-reliance on Reddit admins to manage users and remove posts that violate our content policy, including content that encourages or incites violence. Most recently, we have observed this behavior in the form of encouragement of violence towards police officers and public officials in Oregon.

Congressman Jim Banks points out in his RealClearPolitics article that these measures against “rule breaking behavior” are not enforced equally or fairly:

I’m not going to belabor my point and list the thousands of unaddressed, rule-breaking comments on left-wing subreddits. The point is, when such comments are posted in apolitical or left-wing subreddits, nothing happens.

Luckily, r/The_Donald has relocated to its own site:

Reddit would completely remove r/The_Donald on June 29, 2020, four months after the mods placed the subreddit into “restricted mode.”

Sources / Relevant Material

  1. The Verge "Reddit quarantines Trump subreddit r/The_Donald for violent comments" by Adi Robertson (26 Jun 2019)
  2. Bounding Into Comics "CENSORSHIP: Reddit Quarantines The_Donald Subreddit – Carlos Maza Involved!" by Jorge Arenas (26 Jun 2019)
  3. RealClearPolitics "Reddit Must End Politically Motivated Publishing Decisions" by Jim Banks (31 Oct 2019)