A popular Reddit page created in President Trump’s honor was quarantine with new restrictions due to alleged threats against authorities.
However, the move suspiciously came just hours ahead of the first Democratic presidential debate.
The 762,000-member Reddit group r/The_Donald was hit with a “quarantine” on Wednesday, which now makes the page more difficult for users to find on the website and impossible to access on mobile devices.
Moreover, Google has taken the Reddit group out of their search.
Reddit claims it was forced to respond to threats of violence made by users in the group against Oregon police officers, ordered by the state’s governor to forcibly round up Republican Senators for a contentious climate change vote.
“Over the last few months we have observed repeated rule-breaking behavior in your community,” including “content that encourages or incites violence,” Reddit wrote in a message to the group’s moderators. Most recently, it added, that behavior had taken the form of “encouragement of violence towards police officers and public officials in Oregon.”
The_Donald’s page’s moderators regularly remove posts that are reported, which Reddit has admitted is true. Still, Reddit claims that there was violence-inciting content still being shared in the group – “and worse, [it] is upvoted,” the platform said.
No evidence has been provided by Reddit to back up these claims.
One of the site’s several moderators challenged the decision and said the move was motivated by politics, not content guidelines.
“It would seem they’ve set up an impossible standard as a reason to kill us before the 2020 election,” the mod said on Reddit.
Two things to notice. This happened immediately after Media Matters called for T_D to be shut down, and it’s the eve of the first Democratic Debates.
Put two and two together. 7/7
— /r/The_Donald (@thedonaldreddit) June 26, 2019
Many are casting suspicion on Soro’s backed left-wing advocacy group Media Matters, and have pointed out the odd timing of the website’s decision.
Reddit claims it quarantines pages to ensure potentially offensive content stays off of Reddit’s homepage and other highly trafficked areas, such as the site’s “Popular” section, but some users said they were blocked from accessing the group altogether.
The new restriction comes amid a surge in mass social media censorship, with mass bannings and “purges” taking place across several platforms, including the coordinated banishment of certain provocative figures. Infowars’ Alex Jones was banned from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in the space of a few months, while conservative’s Milo Yiannopolous, Laura Loomer and others have faced similar treatment.
President Trump himself has even noticed that his reach is deliberately limited by social media platforms.
“What they did to me on Twitter is incredible,” the president told Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo on Wednesday. “I have, you know, millions and millions of followers, but they make it very hard for people to join me on Twitter,” adding “it’s totally biased toward Democrats.”
Of course Vox – who went after Steve Crowder – is celebrating the move by Reddit. But then again fascist’s do love it when they can silence whoever they don’t like or disagree with.
The move by Reddit has backfired on them big time as many are flocking to the The_Donald to join and voice their disgust in the platform trying to censor the group. And many of them aren’t Trump supporters. But many of them are now.
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