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Some of Reddit's most popular threads are going private to protest hate speech and racism on the platform

Some of Reddit's most popular threads are going private to protest hate speech and racism on the platform
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More than 25 popular Reddit threads are going private Wednesday to protest the platform's policies on hate speech and racism.




Various subreddits have said the move is designed to call attention to Reddit's lack of action against users posting hateful content and threads filled with alt-right rhetoric, such as the platform's infamous subreddit r/the_donald.




In response to ongoing nationwide protests over police brutality, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman recently penned a letter to employees, saying the platform doesn't tolerate "hate, racism, and violence." The statement has been widely criticized.




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A slew of popular Reddit threads are going dark — meaning no one can share new posts or responses — Wednesday to protest Reddit's failure to adequately deal with racist rhetoric and hateful content on its platform.
The move, taken by moderators of subreddits with millions of members, comes as protests against police brutality are happening around the world on a daily basis. In posts across more than 25 subreddits, moderators publicly called out Reddit leadership a day after CEO Steve Huffman penned a letter to employees in which he said the platform does not tolerate "hate, racism, and violence."
Despite Huffman's statement, Reddit has long faced criticism for housing hate speech and harmful misinformation. As one of the top-20 most popular websites in the world, Reddit fields prolific threads where users disseminate global news and debate hot-button issues. But it's also yielded popular subreddits where harmful rhetoric, including racism and homophobia, has proliferated.
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