Reddit stellt r/The_Donald unter „Quarantäne“

Reddit hat die „Pro-Trump-Community“ r/The_Donald unter „Quarantäne“ gestellt. Tatsächlich war die angebliche „Pro-Trump-Community“ der Deckmantel für das Mainstream-Einfalltor der miesesten Verschwörungstheorien von 4chan (QAnon, Pizzagate). Selbstverständlich heulen die „konservativen“ Arschlöcher nun wegen angeblicher Zensur, aber soweit ich weiß, steht es ihnen nach wie vor frei, einen Server zu mieten und ihre Meinung kundzutun. r/The_Donald ist weit von einer infrastrukturellen Instanz entfernt, ab der man von einem memi-öffentlichen Ort reden könnte. Anlass waren Gewaltaufrufe während des Bullshits von Oregon, den ich gestern in den Klimalinks verlinkt hatte.

Republikaner flohen über die Staatsgrenzen von Oregon, verstecken sich in Idaho, um die Abstimmung über ein Klima-Gesetz auszusitzen und ließen sich von privaten Milizen vor der Polizei beschützen. Das Prozedere (minus die Milizen) ist anscheinend dort „politische“ Praxis. Nun gab es dabei eben auch Aufrufe, um die Abgeordneten mit Waffengewalt vor dem (legalen) Zugriff der Polizei zu schützen. Es hätte mich gewundert, wenn diese Gewaltaufrufe nicht auch auf r/The_Donald stattgefunden hätten.

Es handelt sich hierbei nicht um „Zensur“, sondern um völlig banale Content Moderation. Reddit handelt hier nicht nur nach seinen eigenen Terms of Service, sondern auch im Sinne des gesunden Menschenverstandes, der Rechtsauslegern nicht nur bei diesen Temperaturverhältnissen gerne mal abhanden kommt.

NYTimes: Reddit Restricts Pro-Trump Forum Because of Threats

Reddit limited access to a forum popular with supporters of President Trump on Wednesday, saying that its users had violated rules prohibiting content that incites violence. Visitors to the The_Donald subreddit were greeted Wednesday with a warning that the section had been “quarantined,” meaning its content would be harder to find, and asking if they still wanted to enter. Site administrators said that users of the online community, which has about 750,000 members, had made threats against police officers and public officials.

“The reason for the quarantine is that over the last few months we have observed repeated rule-breaking behavior in your community and an overreliance on Reddit admins to manage users and remove posts that violate our content policy, including content that encourages or incites violence,” Reddit wrote in a message to the site’s moderators, who shared the note publicly on Wednesday.

“Most recently,” the message continued, “we have observed this behavior in the form of encouragement of violence toward police officers and public officials in Oregon.”

The posts came amid a partisan feud in Oregon over a climate change bill, in which Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, ordered the state police to corral Republican lawmakers who had fled the Capitol. There was a one-day closing of the Capitol after threats of militia violence.

The Verge: Reddit quarantines Trump subreddit r/The_Donald for violent comments

r/The_Donald members posted comments like “none of this gets fixed without people picking up rifles” and “[I have] no problems shooting a cop trying to strip rights from Citizens.” The posts were later removed.

The Reddit post describes the quarantine as the result of repeated rule-breaking, calling out r/The_Donald’s recent “encouragement of violence” against Oregonian officials.

Over the last few months we have observed repeated rule-breaking behavior in your community and an over-reliance on Reddit admins to manage users and remove posts that violate our content policy, including content that encourages or incites violence. Most recently, we have observed this behavior in the form of encouragement of violence towards police officers and public officials in Oregon. This is not only in violation of our site-wide policies, but also your own community rules (rule #9). You can find violating content that we removed in your mod logs.

As we have discussed in the past, and as detailed in our content policy and moderator guidelines, we expect you to enforce against rule-breaking content. You’ve made progress over the last year, but we continue to observe and take action on a disproportionate amount of rule-breaking behavior in this community. We recognize that you do remove posts that are reported, but we are troubled that violent content more often goes unreported, and worse, is upvoted.

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