The same day Reddit removed the site’s largest pro-Trump forum, the liberal platform also banned a popular subreddit dedicated to exposing hate crime hoaxes, according to the Daily Caller.
Apparently calling out people who stoke racial division by faking hate crimes is considered to be “promoting hate” by Reddit’s overlords.
Reddit users who keep tabs on potential hate crime hoaxes via the popular subreddit are met with a label notifying them that “r/hatecrimehoaxes has been banned from Reddit.” The page also notes that the page was banned for “violating Reddit’s rule against promoting hate.”
An archived version of the page from July 2 indicates the subreddit was banned June 30, the same day Reddit blocked “The_Donald” subreddit as the platform began enforcing its recent rules against promoting hate. –Daily Caller
Here’s an example from a February archive of the forum, which gained prominence during the Jussie Smollett saga.
In place of “/r/hatecrimehoaxes,” Redditors have launched /r/hoaxhatecrimes which sports just 2,871 users as of this writing and has yet to be banished.
As the Caller notes:
There have been several instances of hate crime hoaxes going viral during Trump’s first term in office, including one in which liberal actor Jussie Smollett allegedly staged a racist and anti-gay attack on himself in 2019 to create the impression that Trump supporters assaulted him because of his sexual orientation and skin color.
The platform also removed “The_Donald,” a subreddit where posted memes and viral videos expressing support for Trump. More than 790,000 Reddit accounts used that subreddit.
A Reddit executive told reporters in June that the group’s decision to allow people to target and harass others prompted the ban.
The company restricted the pro-Trump forum in 2019, citing months of “rule-breaking behavior” and language supposedly inciting violence.
Heaven forbid a place exists to expose hoaxers or express support for a sitting president.