The aggregation and discussion website took down nearly 2,000 subreddits — many of which were inactive — based on the rules. But it also discontinued two fairly prominent boards: r/ChapoTrapHouse, and r/The_Donald. The pages hosted fans of the left-wing podcast Chapo Trap House and Donald Trump, respectively.
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman specifically pointed to Rules 1, 2 and 8 of the new content policy as informing Reddit’s action against r/The_Donald. The rules ban “attacking marginalized or vulnerable groups of people,” “spamming, vote manipulation, ban evasion, or subscriber fraud,” and “interfering with normal use of Reddit.”
“All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith,” Huffman said in a blog post. “We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity.”
Huffman said r/ChapoTrapHouse was banned “for similar reasons.” Though he didn’t enumerate specific rule violations, Huffman accused moderators there of failing to rein in the community when it posted rule-breaking content.
The decision comes as Reddit faces a reckoning for hosting hate speech. Huffman, spurred to action by the Black Lives Matter movement, pledged earlier this month to more directly confront racism on the platform.