June 10, 2015 9:00 pm -

Reddit has odd ideas about what is acceptable.

Reddit, a 10-year-old internet community with 3.3 million users, somehow just got around to announcing an anti-harassment policy last month. Now the site, which usually leaves moderation decisions up to the community, has taken its first stab at banning pernicious subreddits under the new rules. Five subreddits have been shuttered by reddit admins “based on their harassment of individuals,” the Reddit team announced Wednesday.

“The only banned subreddit with more than 5,000 subscribers is r/fatpeoplehate,” the admins note. The others were r/hamplanethatred (3071 subscribers), r/transfags (149), r/neofag (1239) and r/shitniggerssay (219)…

FatPeopleHate, the most popular of the banned five, has apparently had an offshoot called FatPeopleHate2 for more than a year. It’s still active, andgetting more attention than ever after the bannings.

And while this handful of five relatively small subreddits is gone (or at least forced to restart under new names), they barely scratch the surface of the virulent shit that thrives on reddit. Blatant hate subs like the anti-black /r/CoonTown (10,000+ subscribers) still exist because, as a Reddit spokesperson told us last month, “Views we disagree with or find offensive will not be affected.”




D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

4 responses to Reddit Dumps ‘FatPeopleHate’; Retains ‘Coontown’

  1. Suzanne McFly June 11th, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Well we now know where the idiots are, they are on chat rooms anonymously posting hateful comments they don’t have the gonads to say to a persons face.

    • illinoisboy1977 June 15th, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      I try to never post online what I wouldn’t say in person. People feel TOO safe online, sometimes and this feeling of security has a way of bypassing personal decency filters. I often hold internal debates with myself, in which I ask myself if I would say what I’m about to post, in front of this same person/crowd.

  2. johnnybizzoy June 11th, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    The only people I ever saw who got onto reddit were fat girls who loved to make fun of people.

  3. illinoisboy1977 June 15th, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I never saw the appeal of Reddit, myself. Too much negativity and too many personal attacks. I’d rather discuss and debate, than hurl insults and call names.