Reddit Quarantines Pro-Trump Forum Because of Threats

The r/The_Donald subreddit has been “quarantined” by Reddit administrators after a series of threats against police were posted there. Slashdot reader AmiMoJo shares an excerpt from The Daily Beast: “Recent behaviors including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy,” a Reddit spokesperson said in a statement. “As a result, we have actioned individual users and quarantined the subreddit.” The new quarantine was brought on by anti-police threats posted on The_Donald. Some users had apparently encouraged violence against law enforcement, angry that officials in Oregon were trying to bring back GOP state senators who fled the state to avoid voting on a climate-change bill. In a note to The_Donald moderators, Reddit administrators said they had “observed this behavior in the form of encouragement of violence towards police officers and public officials in Oregon.” The report notes that The_Donald has roughly 754,000 subscribers and is “one of the largest forums for Trump fans on the internet, and by far the largest on Reddit.” Donald Trump himself answered questions from the forum’s members during the 2016 campaign.

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