On Monday, in a coordinated effort, Twitch, Reddit, and Youtube began a systematic purge of conservative and right-leaning profiles and groups. Each publisher claimed they were purging individuals and groups responsible for the promotion of hate speech on their platforms. Twitch would take the bans the furthest by directly banning the United States President over hate speech.
Reddit, who saw several right-leaning subreddits purged, went on record explaining hate speech means you cannot talk about protected classes. That it is an outright anti-white policy operating on the principles of the progressive stack.
Rule 1: Remember the human. Reddit is a place for creating community and belonging, not for attacking marginalized or vulnerable groups of people. Everyone has a right to use Reddit free of harassment, bullying, and threats of violence. Communities and people that incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned.
Marginalized or vulnerable groups include, but are not limited to, groups based on their actual and perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or disability. These include victims of a major violent event and their families.
While the rule on hate protects such groups, it does not protect all groups or all forms of identity. For example, the rule does not protect groups of people who are in the majority or who promote such attacks of hate.
That is directly from the mouth of Reddit itself. It is not a “slippery slope accusation,” nor a “crazy conspiracy theory,” created by some alt-right super Nazi. As of right now, you are living in a world with protected classes, and if you are white and male, you aren’t one of them.
Some of the banned subreddits are not content with fading into the night quietly. Consume Products, Omega Canada, and Galvin Mcinnis have each set up .win site. Kotaku in Action, though not banned, officially rolled out a .win site a few weeks sooner than they would have liked to.
For those unfamiliar with .Win, it is a Reddit alternative that arose from /r/The_Donald. After months of systematic discrimination from Reddit, members of the sub became convinced it was only a matter of time before Reddit removed their sub entirely. Hence, they established their alternative and migrated to it.
Currently .Win shares a login, but each of the sites is free to operate under their own rules and guidelines. Creating a confederate style Reddit, that is idea free from the issues that plague that platform.
Once again, the left has played their hand too early. With five months until the election, there is plenty of time for these sites to establish themselves fully and for others to join the network. Without .Win user’s voices Reddit will become nothing more than a blind echo chamber unaware of the true nature of the political landscape or general audience sentiment. Over time it will shrink, and their purge will have little effect at curbing and influencing election results as they are hoping.