Allow racism on Reddit?

'Front page of the internet' CEO says racism is permitted

The Verge

Reddit CEO says racism is permitted on the platform, and users are up in arms

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has found himself once again embroiled in a controversy surrounding his website's policy on moderation. In a Reddit thread announcing the platform's 2017 transparency report findings, in which Reddit identified and listed close to 1,000 suspected Russia-linked propaganda accounts that have been banned, Huffman replied to a straightforward question about the company's hate speech rules.

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Digital Trends

What is Reddit? A guide to the front page of the internet

Reddit has become the comments section to every corner of pop culture. It reaches millions of people every day because it houses something for everyone. Whether it's sports, video games, literature, or just really dumb stuff, you can find a subreddit that feels tailor-made for you.

The biggest downside to Reddit, however, is that it's not exactly welcoming. Reddit's front page looks only slightly better than the original Space Jam website, and phrases and acronyms are thrown around that sound borrowed from a different language. What’s important to remember about Reddit is that every member of the community — aka, “Redditors” — also had to ask “what is Reddit” at some point or another. Thankfully, our guide to the self-proclaimed “front page of the internet” will get you Reddit-ready in no time.

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The Guardian

Open racism and slurs are fine to post on Reddit, says CEO

Racist slurs are permitted on Reddit, says the popular social news and discussion site's chief executive, Steve Huffman.

Within a discussion thread that followed the publishing of the site's transparency report on Russian propaganda, Huffman, in reply to a question from a Reddit user about whether "open racism, including slurs" are allowed on the platform, said their use was not against Reddit's rules.

"On Reddit, the way in which we think about speech is to separate behavior from beliefs," said Huffman under his username spez.

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