Social Media Site Reddit Removes Pro-Trump Forum

Trump supporters lost another way to connect when social media site Reddit shut down r/The_Donald (the company uses the r/ notation for the main group, and then “subreddits” are underneath it), a forum for supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump.

The company revamped its content policies and told communities, or groups of users on different forums, that those promoting hate based on identity or vulnerability would be shut out.

Chief Executive Steve Huffman said in a post on the site:

“All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith. We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity.”

The company wasn’t just gunning for Trump, it banned about 2,000 subreddits, most of which were inactive, as well as left-wing forum r/ChapoTrapHouse.

Amazon’s live-streaming platform Twitch said it had temporarily banned Trump’s channel over its hateful conduct policy.

A twitch spokeswoman said:

“Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed.”

While some people will claim this violates freedom of speech, it doesn’t.  We’re only guaranteed that government entities or government-sponsored entities cannot abridge our freedom of speech. Private companies can do almost anything they want, including barring users with points of view.

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  1. Brent G
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    Remember that the progressive liberal/socialist/commie faction will support ‘Free Speech’ as long as it aligns with their diatribes. If not, you are blocked, banned or maybe then ‘NO SOUP FO YOU!!’

  2. Jon James
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    That’s ok, we know to boycott Reddit now! I’m finished with them and I don’t have strong feelings for Trump either way, but this is not something that happens in a democratic society.

  3. Dale
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    These companies are not social media they are socialist media period.

  4. Joyce Kluiko
    Reply

    YOU CAN BLOCK TRUMP ON ALL YOUR DEMON DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL MEDIA WE DON’T CARE BECAUSE AMERICANS KNOW THE REAL GREAT PERSON RUNNING TO KEEP AMERICA PROSPEROUS, SAFE, FREEDOM, JOBS, BORDERS IS PRESIDENT TRUMP 2020. BLESS TRUMP FOR ALL HE’S DONE!

  5. Robert M Liu
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    Social Media sites are actually “public speech squares” owned and controlled by private companies. In my opinion, because such “public speech squares” have much to do with public political speech, companies running such “public speech squares” ought to have an obligation to disclose their political affiliations and political leanings to their users. If a company declares itself neutral, then, it should allow opinions, whether leaning right or left, to be expressed freely on its Social Media site. America’s lawmakers ought to make laws requiring such companies make such declarations. Companies that manage public political speech in “public speech squares” ought not to be allowed to pretend to be politically neutral while in fact involved in manipulating public opinion.

    • Terry Roberts
      Reply

      Yes! These companies (REDDIT) should disclose who’s funding them. I deleted Reddit.
      They’re disgusting!

  6. Lucy Doil
    Reply

    Another social media site infringing on free speech! Disgusting, filthy language is ok, but how dare you support a conservative!
    I sure wouldn’t want to be any of you on judgement day – believe me!
    Deleted Reddit!

  7. mary
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    You are the people that hate all you want is to hate a man who loves America and is for the people whoever the money power grabbers are they are behind all this discord and destruction and it is not Donald Trump! One day you will stand before the Almighty King God and your hate and money will do you no good. Whats wrong with you hate people can’t you love and care about people? You are the enemy!

  8. Brian Richard Allen
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    …. While some claim this violates freedom of speech but it doesn’t. Americans are guaranteed that government entities or government-sponsored entities may not abridge our freedom of speech but these public companies can do almost anything they want, including barring users with points of view ….

    But these companies, by definition, are public utilities and hold totalitarian sway over us and arbitrarily curtail our ability to communicate only by virtue of the federal government having effectively sponsored them, by legislating their immunity.

    I’d suggest, therefore, that their curtailing of free speech is un-constitutional. (And, incidentally, that it’s un-and-anti-American.

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