Reddit quarantined the subreddit "The_Donald" on Wednesday, pointing to threats made at the popular forum for Trump supporters against law enforcement officials.
Politics, "a Reddit spokesman said in a statement. "As a result, we attacked individual users and quarantined the subreddit."
The New Quarantine Caused by Police Threats Published on The_Donald In a message to the moderators of The Donald, the Reddit administrators said they had "observed this behavior in the form of encouraging violence against police officers and officials in Oregon.
It is unclear what contributions the quarantine triggered, but on Monday, Media Matters published a series of anti-police news on The_Donald.
One user announced that he "would have no trouble shooting a cop trying to deprive citizens of their rights. "Another wrote that" rifles are the only way to ever find peace in our lives again. "
See what's on With about 754,000 subscribers, The_Donald is one of the biggest forums for Trump fans on the Internet, and by far the biggest on Reddit. The site became so well-known in the Trump movement that Trump himself answered forum questions during the 201
Dan Scavino, Trump's digital strategy director, oversees The_Donald's ideas, Politico reported in May, and Trump tweeted Meme videos from the site.
Quarantine causes Reddit users to see a content alert before accessing the subreddit. In the past, quarantines against other subreddits were harder to find and sometimes served as a prelude to a total ban on the site.
The_Donald was controversial long before the quarantine on Wednesday on Reddit. Prior to the Charlottesville 2017 Unite the Right White Supremacist rally, The_Donald moderators pinned a post encouraging members to join the rally at the top of the page. The users of the subreddit regularly vote content from white supremacists and other extremists for the forum's homepage. The Subreddit was also an early hotbed of conspiracy theories about the murdered member of the Democratic National Committee, Seth Rich. The_Donald posters regularly claim that Rich was murdered by Hillary Clinton, with no evidence.
In his message to sub-editor moderators, Reddit urged them to take action to prevent further threats from being posted on the forum. One The_Donald moderator, "shadowman3001," was furious after receiving the message, claiming that the quarantine was political.
In emails to The Daily Beast, The_Donald host "sublimeinslime" said the quarantine was "unexpected" and could lead some The_Donald members to other social media platforms.
"As hard as our moderators work in a position where they are not paid, it is offensive when we are faced with the burden of correcting it," the moderator said.
Other Pro Trump characters, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, have also appeared in the forum to interact with subscribers.
The quarantine provoked outrage on the Pro Trump Internet. A self-described "Memesmith" called "Carpe Donktum", whose videos Trump has posted on Twitter, declared the quarantine to be "ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT".