Nov 30 Social media website Reddit Inc, known
for its commitment to free speech on its platform, will crack
down on online harassment by banning or suspending users who
target others, its CEO Steve Huffman said in an interview.
Huffman told Reuters that it will monitor user reports, add
greater filtering capacity, and take a more proactive role in
policing its platform rather than relying on community
Reddit said it had identified hundreds of the "most toxic
users" and will warn, ban or suspend them. It also plans to
continue to staff up its "Trust and Safety" team.
Reddit's moves are the latest step by social media companies
to adjust their policies in the wake of a polarizing U.S.
election earlier this month in which their websites played a key
Facebook said it is reviewing its approach to so-called
"fake news" and banning some sites from its advertising network.
Twitter is also rolling out new tools to combat abuse.
On Reddit, a channel supporting the Republican party's U.S.
presidential candidate Donald Trump, called r/The_Donald,
featured racist and misogynistic comments, fake news and
conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton, along with more
mainstream expressions of support for Trump.
Many of those supporting Trump were very active and engaged
on the platform, voting up the r/The_Donald conversations so
that they became prominent across Reddit, which according to
Alexa is the 7th-most-visited site on the internet in the United
In a draft of a blog post to be published 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
(Reporting By Kristina Cooke; Editing by Jonathan Weber)