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New Study Confirms that Getting Rid of Hate Groups on Reddit has Made the Platform Less Toxic


Reddit has a reputation for their online trolls. This time Redditt actually took charge and banned hate communities such as /r/coontown and /r/fatpeoplehate. This action led to people calling out the website’s administrators for their censorship. A study done by researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology showed the social network adequately reduced the prevalence of hate speech on the website.

The website chose to squash subreddits and copycats by deleting their accounts before they have a chance to gain recognition. They searched /r/coontown and /r/fatpeoplehate users and observed posts before the subreddits were banned and after. The research also found that members of those hate groups left Reddit at a higher rate than the subreddits in the control group.

The members that stayed went to other subs such as /r/The_Donald, /r/BlackCrimeMatters and /r/RoastMe. However, those whoever stayed reduced their hate speech by 80 to 90 percent.

While the ban had a positive effect on Reddit, it didn’t necessarily change the views of those who are regulars and were banned. Many people from the hate groups migrated to spill their hate onto other websites such as Voat and Gab.

Nevertheless, good riddance Reddit trolls!

[via Engadget]

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