Reddit to impose harsher punishments on hate communities using its siteBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 17 July 2015 | Categories: news
As any Reddit user will tell you, the site has its merits and downfalls. As far as the latter goes, some NSFW content and hate communities pose a real problem. As such, Reddit co-founder and newly appointed CEO Steve Huffman is proposing a set of rules to clamp down on such communities in an effort to make the site more user-friendly.
As such, several types of content will be banned under the rules Huffman is proposing, although to date, the rules are still pending approval and implementation. Distilling the types of banned Reddit content, it will essentially include anything that falls under the following, "anything that harasses, bullies, or abuses an individual or group of people (these behaviors intimidate others into silence.)"
While the desire to crack down on harmful user behaviour on Reddit is great to hear about, enforcing such rules will prove a far tougher task. The Verge for example, believes it will also require a change in administrator behaviour. They also cite the fact that the above banned content is also open to interpretation, which in itself, often leads to problems.
For now, no official ban is in place, and the imposing of Huffman's rules have not had a date set to them. With the site dependent on its vast community, it’s going to be interesting to see which direction “the front page of the internet” will take.
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