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AskHistorians is not accepting new posts or responses, in protest against Reddit’s lack of action against racism and hate on the site.

Reddit has announced its alignment with antiracist protestors. We demand to know: where are the actions to back up the words? The Reddit administrators’ policies have made their site downright hospitable to exactly the kinds of racists and fascists against whom it claims to be protesting.

Every day our sub, which has zero tolerance for such speech, has to remove the kinds of intensely problematic and hateful rhetoric that Reddit has become a safe haven for. For example, questions and answers supporting Holocaust denial forced us to establish a clear policy of immediate deletion, as moderator /u/commiespaceinvader describes here.

Reddit has few such qualms. Most recently, the admins’ recent attempt to force unmoderated chatrooms on every community would have circumvented our rules and allowed our sub to become just the platform for allowing hate speech that we work every day to prevent—reflecting the admins’ concern for their bottom line above all else. It was subreddits, including AskHistorians, whose protests of that decision made Reddit rescind this particular move towards allowing hate speech.

We will be issuing a thorough statement on the long history of police brutality against the Black community tomorrow.

Reddit’s stance is hypocritical. It leaves us no choice but to protest.


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