Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Reddit Warms Subreddit Forum About Language Used Regarding Whistleblower

CNN reports that Reddit has "warned" those who use the Reddit "The Donald" subreddit forum not to harass or try to "out" the whistleblower who filed a formal complaint that has led to the impeachment inquiry currently going on in the U. S. House of Representatives. Here is some of the language warning the forum's moderators about posts in the forum. 


Dear Mods,

We want to let you know that your community has been quarantined, as outlined in Reddit’s Content Policy.

The reason for the quarantine is that 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.


Next steps:

You unambiguously communicate to your subscribers that violent content is unacceptable.

You communicate to your users that reporting is a core function of Reddit and is essential to maintaining the health and viability of the community.

Following that, we will continue to monitor your community, specifically looking at report rate and for patterns of rule-violating content.

Undertake any other actions you determine to reduce the amount of rule-violating content.

Following these changes, we will consider an appeal to lift the quarantine, in line with the process outlined here.

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