Reddit Shuts Down r/FatPeopleHate & Other Hate-Based Subreddits

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Wow, last week I wrote a piece asking specifically that r/FatPeopleHate not be banned because the secret to being better people isn’t simply eliminating everyone who has a different or hurtful perspective — it’s figuring out how to change minds. But today, that plea is effectively over.

Reddit, in a sort of “Red Wednesday” play, has chopped down and banned all subreddits that promote hatred or intolerance. This specifically includes r/fatpeoplehate, r/hamplanethatred, r/transf*gs and r/sh*tn*ggerssay. While predominantly welcome actions in regards to eradicating mean-spiritedness, it’s a reminder that Reddit is a private company with exclusive rules about what the limits of free speech are.

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Intolerant and downright evil sites or not, Reddit has damaged its credibility as a bastion of free thinking. That being said, we will not miss those sites or the poison that they manufactured therein.

Reddit’s announcement on the matter is thus:

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Mirrors of those sites are being created as we speak. Reddit will likely shut those down as they appear though, creating a case of diminishing returns — eventually the main groups will fracture to the point that they are splintered and die out. Creeps, haters, racists and bullies will have to look elsewhere to coalesce. Try 4chan.

Share this article because it is a win today for human kindness but also a loss. Which would you say it is?