Reddit To Ban "Most Toxic" Trump Supporters After CEO Abused With "Personal Message Harassment"

Tyler Durden's picture

Just a few days after getting caught editing user comments, the CEO of Reddit, Steve Huffman, is threatening to ban 100's of the site's "most toxic users," most of whom are Trump supporters from the popular r/The_Donald subreddit thread.  Just so we're clear, Huffman pissed off a bunch of users by edited their comments without their consent, was forced to apologize publicly, got a lot of blowback for his ridiculous behavior and is now banning users who called him out?  According to Yahoo News, that sums it up fairly accurately.

Social media website Reddit Inc, known for its commitment to free speech, will crack down on online harassment by banning or suspending users who target others, starting with those who have directed abuse at Chief Executive Steve Huffman.


Huffman said in an interview with Reuters that Reddit's content policy prohibits harassment, but that it had not been adequately enforced.


"Personal message harassment is the most cut and dry," he said. "Right now we are in an interesting position where my inbox is full of them, it's easy to start with me."


As well as combing through Huffman's inbox, Reddit will monitor user reports, add greater filtering capacity, and take a more proactive role in policing its platform rather than relying on community moderators.

Of course, this all comes just a couple days after Huffman used his administrative privileges to redirect abuse he was receiving on a thread on r/The_Donald to the community's moderators - making it look as if it was intended for them. Huffman has subsequently said it was all an innocent "prank," though the apology he posted last week seemed to indicated it was more akin to a nervous breakdown.

Huffman offered the following apology admitting that he "messed with the "fuck u/spez" comments" and that "as the CEO, I shouldn't play such games."




Huffman notes that, in the past, Reddit relied on community moderators to enforce site rules but Trump supporters are apparently just too unruly.

In the past, Reddit has worked with moderators of communities to try to enforce its rules.


With r/The_Donald in particular, "we haven't found that to be particularly effective. We might see flashes of success, but things kind of revert," Huffman said.


Under its new strategy, Reddit will take a more active role in dealing with troublemakers, who Huffman said were an "infinitesimal" portion of Reddit's 250 million monthly visitors.

And while he insists the move to ban certain users isn't political, Huffman admits that the "first wave of bans will likely be skewed to the r/The_Donald community."

He stressed that the move was not political.


"We don't want to be censoring political beliefs, but then they do misbehave," he said. "That's why we have worked so closely with the r/The_Donald community. We tell them: don't force us to ban you."


The first wave of bans will likely be skewed to the r/The_Donald community because "that is a catalyst for a lot of this right now. That community is stirred up," Huffman said.


In a draft of a blog post to be published on Wednesday, Huffman said he had been asked by many Reddit users "to ban r/The_Donald outright, but he had rejected that idea, because "if there is anything about this election that we have learned, it is that there are communities that feel alienated and just want to be heard, and Reddit has always been a place where those voices can be heard."

Since Huffman suddenly seems quite concerned with enforcing Reddit's harassment rules in a fair and non-partisan way, we're curious whether Reddit also has rules against soliciting advice on how to violate the Federal Records Act and Congressional subpoenas?  If so, we'd suggest he take a look back through Paul Combetta's history.


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balz's picture

Private network: they can do whatever they want to do.

But we are free not to use that network anymore.

Power of the individual.

Mr Pink's picture

Buh bye Reddit....ever heard of Myspace?

philipat's picture

Another site destined to become a moribund sanctuary and safe space for for libtard "progressives" free from any microagressions eminating from the real world. At least they will never have to fear getting on the "fake news" list.

Maxter's picture

Also remember that Reddit banned all talk about global warming years ago.

Draybin Deffercon III's picture
Draybin Deffercon III (not verified) Maxter Nov 30, 2016 9:07 PM

Why do we want to use Libtard social media platforms anyway?

WordSmith2013's picture

This is after they banned the #PIZZAGATE  sub-reddit.


REDDIT bans #PizzaGate! to the rescue
Chupacabra-322's picture

"Open Source" Tech, Intel / Investigation site's are in the infancy stage. Reddit is the first in a long line of quasi Open Source site's that will be demonized and or co opted by the CIA / MIC Deep State apparatus.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Many people are fed up with this censorship horseshit, and moving from Twitter, FB, and Reddit, to Gab.

Row Well Number 41's picture

Time for the Tylers to fire up a competing site.

CheapBastard's picture

"No Free Speech for You!"

~ Comrade Huffman

webmatex's picture

Don't know what ZH uses for these pages but wouldn't take much to adapt the code to generate a seperate page full of linked headlines and maybe the feature to upload small images.

Most of the functionality is already there except a headline box for each post title.

Downside, it may encourage a glut of stupid posts, animated gifs, and "Hes Right You Know"! type replies.


Crash Overide's picture

Fuck Reddit and their cannibalistic ginger CEO...

*no offense to all the other gingers*

brain_glitch's picture

reddit will not die.

we will end up with two echo chambers, one for each side. one blue, one red. so that peolpe can get more polarized and fight each other. 

each team will be basically the same and accuse the other team of the same things: irrational, racist, nazi, totalitarian, conspiracy nuts, yada yada.

"because WE are reasonable. and they hate us for our tolerance, our brainz, etc... so we must destroy them." civil war.

divide and conquer.

Jim in MN's picture

Never been there, not interested.

Barney Fife's picture

It's a utility if the barrier to entry is too high. 

When certain websites become chokepoints to free speech, and the ability to compete with them is too prohibitive then you have a barrier to entry and an act of cartel abuse, which is what we are all seeing the big social media sites exploit right now. 


LetThemEatRand's picture

Just say no to Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  

tricorn teacup's picture

With all the major social networks surrendering to political correctness, leaves quite the opportunity for a well designed network that respects the politically incorrect.

kochevnik's picture

Actually good groups there for anarchists and minarchist libertarians.  Under the zionist radar

Slomotrainwreck's picture

I went from Compuserve to Netscape to Yahoo to Slashdot to digg to Reddit to Twits to Seeking Alpha. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

e_goldstein's picture

Is this the same Reddit editor who has a private thread entitled "cannibalism?"

There needs to be a hard, merciless purge and the fuckers found guilty should be burned in the streets.


CheapBastard's picture

"We need some common sense free speech legislation."


~ Soweto Hussein bin Bama

Spanky's picture

"We need some common sense free speech legislation."


We have that already... It's called the First Amendment.

Atomizer's picture

ROFLO.. good one. Haven't seen your cheapbastard post in while. Hope your doing well. Don't reply, heading off. Catch you next time. You always make me laugh. Thank you.

south40_dreams's picture

Fuck Reddit

And I have a shitload of karma I'll never use.....oh well

espirit's picture

Let us all save it up and give them it back right up the ass.

G-R-U-N-T's picture

LOL, 'fake news' site Statist heads are oozing out of their crusty crevices like pus infected zits! Nice to see them finally seep and draw in the public eye!

gregga777's picture

Who needs or wants Reddit and their advertisers besides pedophiles? …. Hmmm. All that I hear are crickets chirping.

NotBuyingIt's picture

The cannibals. Apparently that cuck Spez is the one who created, and a moderator of, the cannibal subreddit. Pure class, this douchebag.... ugh.

indaknow's picture

Yes we at T_D are in the midst of showing the whole site their cuckery. if they can't open their eyes almost half a million of us will move on. 

NotBuyingIt's picture

Someone needs to get over to and set up The_Donald. You know it's coming. Sooner or later. If you set it up now, you can get the word out on Reddit T_D. Also, set up a Twitter account that will tell users where to go when T_D shuts down. I think the official T_D twitter account plans to do it, but why wait! It's coming... everyone knows it.

indaknow's picture

Voat has been considered and looks good.  The problem is server capacity.  zerohedge is ideal but probably not the best fit being predominately a financial site (although I'm sure the Tylers could squeeze in 350,000 plus lurkers) anyway contingency plans are in the works.

OverTheHedge's picture

Would you be terribly offended if I suggested you look elsewhere? Zerohedge has made hay while the sun shined during the election farce, but I have hopes that we will get back to being doomed financially, as opposed to being doomed politically.

Half a million narrow-minded Pizzagate investigators will make the comments section even more irrelevant, and that will be the end of Zerohedge as we know it. Of course, it will get closer to the ethos of Fight Club, as you guys beat up yourselves and each other continually for no particular purpose. But wouldn't Facebook be a better venue? You could post videos of cats in between attacks on each other.....

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Nov 30, 2016 8:24 PM

This guy loves pizza

NotBuyingIt's picture

Have you seen this cuck's picture! He looks like he enjoys hot dogs more than pizza. Come to think of it, he looks like he could BE a little hot dog.

gregga777's picture

His masters at the CIA (Central Insanity Agency) are really pissed after all the cash that they poured into Reddit just to have this spastic snowflake flush it all down the crapper.

grunk's picture


I guess I can't post on Reddit anymore.

I wonder if there are any other internet platforms out there where people can comment?

I guess I'll never be able to post an opinion on the interwebs again.

NotBuyingIt's picture

LOL! I totally get your sarc. However, I find the platform (the one pizzagate moved to after the Reddit ban) is quite cozy! Totally user supported. No VC or anus licking advertizers to worry about. Very nice alternative if you like the Reddit layout and concept.

ghengiskhan's picture

Reddit is nothing more than a propaganda tool for the liberal pedophiles.

buzzsaw99's picture

I am Jack's inflamed sense of rejection. /s

Atomizer's picture

Aaron Swartz created you. He has passed away. Do you really think we will contribute to your site, under these guidelines? As we speak, several sites are about to come on line. We don't need to condone to your shit. We pack up and leave. We don't need to be treated like a nanny. 3-4 week till launch. Say goodbye to your posters.


You fucked up, we provide open speech.

Good luck lapping up toilet water and sucking off the lost of Aaron Swartz. We never forgot him.. You did!

Agnes Obel - Fuel To Fire

Neochrome's picture

Clearly afraid that they are not setting the narrative - let's change the rules.

DeathingerStar's picture

Harrassment makes Steve cry. Pussy. You fucking edit people's words and you deserve to lose your fucking business, shithead.

Kelley's picture

Reddit's 'free speech' reputation is a myth. 

They don't take kindly to alternative, natural health cures. 

Yog Soggoth's picture

Started by PIZZAGATE! Whatsa matta? No. Whatsa matta with you? Whatsa matter a whats amatter a whats amata wit you? Good ditty. Got visited. I am not scared.

Publius Maximus's picture

Huffman should be the first to be banned. Here's why:

"Our community team is pretty pissed at me, so I most assuredly won't do this again."

This one is the main indicator why he shouldn't have access to the site. Not because he changed posts but because he isn't really able to justify it.

He could have warned users etc. but instead messed with the content of their messages. He chose the worst possible option.

And now he is either not even getting why he shouldn't have done it (only fearing a bad mood of his community team) or is simply lying.

Personally, I think he is lying. He does know why his "antics" were formally wrong but he thinks they were some sort of self defence and thus legitimated.

Still, he needs to calm the waters and he does this by deflecting future responsibility to his community team (if he does it again, his CT wasn't able to prevent it). He truly slammed the door into their backs with this one as he was certainly pissed at the guys daring to explain him why it was wrong.

It also sounds to me as if he tries to make this kinda sound funny. I doubt that he truly understood how grave the situation is for Reddit and he tries to cover his failings with humor. I wouldn't call this necessarily sociopathic but at least childish and unfit for his position.


As for the new strategy: it's one thing to enforce house rules but he pretty much reveals his true colors with this sentence:

"Under its new strategy, Reddit will take a more active role in dealing with troublemakers, who Huffman said were an "infinitesimal" portion of Reddit's 250 million monthly visitors."

Of course it's only about the numbers for him!

He doesn't care either way (Trump or Clinton) but he sees the Trump fanatics as crazies that thread the family jewels (the amount of visitors that define the value of the company).

However, I think he knows that it's always the most vocal users that define a forum - not the way higher amount of passive visitors.

So this was also a lie as the trumpists are more influential than he wants to admit and uses the following excuse to not burn down the house completely:

"if there is anything about this election that we have learned, it is that there are communities that feel alienated and just want to be heard, and Reddit has always been a place where those voices can be heard."

Isn't he a fine fellow, protecting free speech and all?

So here's the only way to hit him where it really hurts: Boycott Reddit (and spread the word).


swmnguy's picture

People who don't like how the guy runs his website should stop using his website.  After the stunt he pulled, I wouldn't use Reddit.  I didn't anyway, but still.  It's got to be difficult to run an open web forum.  There are some really nasty types out there.  No doubt the Tylers regularly have to deal with some bullshit.

Ban whomever and whatever you want; that's your deal.  Actions are not, of course, without consequence.  But altering posts is dirty pool.