Reddit bans pro-Trump forum from crackdown on hate speech

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Reddit, an online commenting forum that is one of the internet’s most popular websites, banned a pro-Donald Trump forum on Monday as part of a crackdown on hate speech.

The Trump forum was banned because it too often hosted content that exceeded Reddit’s rules, including encouraging violence, and “ opposed ” the company. It had previously tried to discipline the forum.

The pro-Trump forum was banned because Reddit from San Francisco removed a total of 2,000 of the forums or subreddits, most of which said they were inactive or had few users.

Social media companies have long struggled with hate speech on their platforms. A growing number of companies have said they are interrupting social media spending after a campaign by a group of civil rights and other groups calling for an ad boycott of Facebook for not curbing racist and violent content and disinformation.

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