Over the past 24 hours, Reddit has decided to ban two alt-right subreddits, r/altright and r/alternativeright, supposedly due to doxxing.
When you try to access either page, this message appears:
“This subreddit was banned due to a violation of our content policy, specifically, the proliferation of personal and confidential information.”
Though it’s currently unclear who the communities were trying to dox, The Verge claims that chatter on Reddit knockoff Voat suggests it was the man who punched alt-right poster child, Richard Spencer.
The alt-right group of people with far-right ideologies who reject mainstream conservatism in the United States. White nationalist Richard Spencer coined the term in 2010 to define a movement centered on white nationalism, and has been accused of doing so to whitewash overt racism, white supremacism, and neo-Nazism. They’re basically the mainstream nazi party, disguised by tailored suits, good looks, and pockets full of money.
Acting like abusive trolls who hide behind a keyboard is one of their feature personality traits, so Reddit was bound to ban them sooner or later.
“I’m honestly not sure of the details yet. We anticipated Reddit would terminate the sub soon because they typically don’t allow these types of right-wing groups to get much bigger than 20,000 subscribers, and /r/AltRight was rapidly nearing that point,” Throwahoymatie, a former mod of r/altright told Gizmodo over Reddit Private Message.
Though no one is sure how popular these pages were exactly, as moderators had artificially inflated r/altright’s subscriber count, and the new hub for these little Hitlers over at Voat only has 893 subscribers.
Despite being banned from a free social media platform, they’re still acting like the victims of a hate crime. A former subscriber of r/altright, JohnnyTruthSeed, also blamed the community’s growth, while also telling Gizmodo that, “the administrators of Reddit are cucks [and] we were exposing the truth about Zionism,” confirming their Hitler-like ideologies.