/r/AgainstHateSubreddits

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The purpose of this community is to draw attention to reddit's contributions to the growing problem of radicalization on social media. We call for moderators and admins to take responsibility for their roles in the memeification & normalization of bigotry, hate, and violence.

"Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing."

The purpose of this community is to draw attention to reddit's contributions to the growing problem of radicalization on social media. We call for moderators and admins to take responsibility for their roles in the memeification & normalization of bigotry, hate, and violence.

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Our FAQ on How To Report - Hatred, Harassment, Ban Evasion Subreddits

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Reddit's Reporting FAQ

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Our Subreddit FAQ


How to Participate in AHS: A Guide


This subreddit stands against hate speech


How to contact admins about a moderation issue - December 2021


Read the AMA with Ali Breland of Mother Jones re: Hate on Reddit


Quick questions:

Simple Questions Simple Answers
What is this subreddit? This subreddit is a place to both mock and refute the ideas of subreddits that exist solely to propagate bigotry towards a certain race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like. A fuller definition of both hate subreddits and our purpose, as well as a list of notable hate groups on Reddit, can be found here. More information about our purpose can be found in our FAQ. Troll subreddits and subreddits whose purpose is not explicit hatred will not be considered hate subreddits and links to both will be removed.
Why are you doing this? Part of our mission is to get moderators to step up, because it is ultimately them who decide if their community is going to be a hate community or not. If this has no hope of happening, as is often the case with smaller subs, we want to pressure the admins to act. Obviously they aren't going to quarantine or ban a default sub and since it's not our primary goal anyways, we regularly make an exception for defaults, when hateful comments are up-voted and left there by the mods.
What if I'm banned? Modmail us if you're banned and you believe the ban was unjustified. Please do remember that hurling slurs at the moderators will not improve your chances of getting unbanned. Spamming mod mail is not a good way to get on our good side. We have a ban appeals process which is as simple or as complex as you want it to be.
What if I'm from a hate subreddit? People from hate subreddits can post here, but there are enforced limitations on what you are allowed do in such a case. See here for more information. Be civil.

Simple Rules Those Rules Explained
Boycott hate, don't participate Per Reddit Sitewide Rule 2, Vote Manipulation & Interfering With \ Disrupting Other Communities are Prohibited. When you view linked subreddits, posts, or comments, Do Not Vote, Comment, or Otherwise Engage. Why? If you do so, Reddit will action your account, and we will ban you from participating in /r/AgainstHateSubreddits.
Follow the Reddit rules We enforce the global Reddit rules here in AHS; any doxxing or spamming in particular will be met with immediate ban. Given that brigading is against the rules of Reddit, if you are found to be commenting in a linked post after it was made, you will be banned from further participation in this sub. It goes without saying that calls to violence or doxxing will not be tolerated. Racial, ethnic, religious, transphobic, homophobic, misogynist, and other slurs will not be accepted - because we automatically remove them, we recommend that you avoid direct quoting of slurs. Depending on the context and severity, users throwing around slurs will be met with a ban or a warning.
No self promotion of hate subs We don't want the subreddit inundated by submissions from bigots, trying to self-promote their hate subs. All bigoted submissions will be removed on sight, and violators permabanned. Participate in Good Faith AHS is not your soapbox
Bigots may only participate in overriding good faith If you are a bigot from a hate subreddit, you must reply to the OP specifically, keeping your response civil and relevant. i.e.: If you're responding to a link about African achievements, you can't paste a rant about black IQ in the United States. Gish Gallop copypastas and thought-terminating clichés are forbidden. One-sentence "driveby" Just Asking Questions and flamebait comments earn a ban. Don't play Victim — Take Responsibility. AHS is not your soapbox.
No ban evasion This will lead to your alt being banned, and to you being reported to the admins. Ban evasion is a shadowban-worthy violation of the Reddit rules.
No deleting comments Seriously. It's embarrassing to lose an argument, but deleting comments in a conversation serves nothing but giving you a free one-way ticket to being banned indefinitely.
Posts about Regional / Geographic / Ethnicity-focused subreddits must be in Good Faith. Posts claiming that a subreddit which is dedicated to a regional / country / ethnic group, is hosting a culture of hatred - must be reviewed by a moderator before being posted, and must be in Good Faith and with Clean Hands; AHS is not a proxy for international slapfights.
No small subs If there are fewer than 1000 subscribers to a given subreddit, please don't submit a link to items on it or to it, unless it has been previously featured on /r/AgainstHateSubreddits, or the moderators have approved featuring the subreddit. Search AHS for prior submissions If in doubt, message the mods.
Treat hatred seriously "Hitler might have been a bad guy but he was kind to dogs" -- Quick, is this a joke? -- or a Nazi trying to wheedle someone into a conversation about how Nazis aren't all bad guys and maybe have some good aspects --? Hatemongers delight in subverting the mission of AHS by platforming thinly-veiled propaganda here, and by reporting to the admins sarcastic comments to get people suspended. Don't Be That Guy. Be sincere & straightforward. Avoid even the appearance of bigotry
Do not debate economic theory This is not the appropriate sub to do so. We encourage you to take these matters elsewhere. As a reminder, we take slapfighting and calls to violence seriously here.
No shitposting This is purely subjective. No slap fights. We may choose to warn you. We may not.

Crime Stat Refutation of Common Racist Claims

Biology/Genetics/Cognition Refutation of Common Racist Claims

Historical/Cultural Refutation of Common Racist Claims

Refutation of common Islamophobic Copypasta and Discussion

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15

Found a hate group on Reddit? Here’s what to do.

You found a subreddit that’s infested by a hate group - maybe even it’s being run by a hate group? Or any other Sitewide Rules violations?

Here’s what to do.

#Step 1: DO NOT PARTICIPATE

Don’t join, post, comment, or vote in the group. Reddit’s recommendation algorithm is simple: If you participate in a group, that group is important to you, and you willingly associated with that group.

To get Reddit to kick hate groups off the site, it’s super important that you do not associate with hate groups.

They rely on your participation to spread hate!

#Step 2: USE THE REPORT BUTTON

Report the hate speech. Every post and comment has a Report button attached to it - sometimes under a ‘…’ button.

If you’re using a browser, you can copy the URL of the post or comment and report it using this link

#Step 3: FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MODERATORS

A subreddit where people openly post racist slurs, use misogynist language, screech about asylum-seekers or immigrants, vomit antiSemitism or Islamophobia or abuse LGTBQ people?

There is no excuse for these things!

Reddit’s Moderator Code of Conduct tells subreddit moderators:

We also expect that moderators uphold Reddit’s Content Policy and abide by Reddit’s User Agreement (especially Section 8), as well as make a concerted effort to remove and report violating content in their communities.

… You should never create, approve, enable or encourage rule-breaking content or behavior.

… You have enough Mods to effectively and consistently manage your community.

When a subreddit has too few moderators to prevent hate speech from being posted to their community and the hate speech stays up - if the community doesn’t report hate speech (which happens because they approve of the hate speech) - if they don’t implement any of the standard Automoderator rules that are available (absolutely free of charge) in the Automoderator library, and don’t turn on the (absolutely free of charge) native Hate Speech Filters which Reddit offers -

These so-called “moderators” are enabling rule-breaking content and behavior.

Tell Reddit to take action on these hate subreddit operators! File a Moderator Code of Conduct Complaint!

Include links to posts or comments that contain hate speech! Point out any subreddit rules or the name of the subreddit if they contain hate speech! If their moderators are the ones who wrote the hate speech, point that out — with links to the places they wrote hate speech, inside that subreddit or outside that subreddit!

If someone is writing hate speech in one subreddit, they’re going to enable other people to write that hate speech in another subreddit they are supposed to moderate!

#Step 4: ONWARD AND UPWARD

Join a different community for the subject that you want to talk about! Reddit doesn’t have Official Communities for anything, and anyone can create and moderate a subreddit - so it’s always possible to find or make a group for your interests!

1 Comment
2024/06/16
18:05 UTC

16

Full FAQ: How to report Hate Groups, NCIM, and CSAM. (& why there aren’t new posts here anymore)

There is no longer any reason or excuse for any subreddit to platform any abusive material any longer.

Hate speech, violent threats, harassment, Non-Consensual Intimate Media (NCIM), Child Sex Abuse Media (CSAM) - don’t belong here - and you can take private action to ensure they’re kicked off and kept off the site.

Reddit now allows people to file private, anonymous reports on this content - reports filed in a way that prevents advertising the existence of abusive content to others, that prevents amplifying it.

In September 2023, Reddit, Inc. finally closed the loop and took responsibility for preventing abuse of their platform.

Now it’s up to all of us to hold them to their promises.

You can:

  • report individual posts and comments using the “Report” button on the item;
  • use https://reddit.com/report;
  • report user profiles that have abusive names or profile pictures or biographies;
  • report entire subreddits and their moderator teams using a Formal Moderator Complaint (see below).

These reports aren’t public; They can’t be used by abusers to amplify their harms; They prevent amplifying harm to the abusers’ targets and victims. And - The abusers can’t target you for revenge or harassment for filing these reports.

If you find a subreddit that is:

* Promoting Hatred;

* Distributing Non-Consensual Intimate Media or Child Sexual Abuse Material;

or

* Promoting Community Interference with Other Subreddits —

Report those subreddits: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=19300233728916

If you find a subreddit that is recreating a banned subreddit (Ban Evasion Subreddit):

Report that subreddit: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058315692-How-do-I-report-a-community-I-suspect-of-ban-evasion

Don’t post here about them; don’t post elsewhere about them - doing so helps the abusers amplify their harms, and paints a target on you - and in the case of NCIM and CSAM, telling people where to find them is likely to be criminal.

Cut off the Oxygen of Amplification.

Report things to the Reddit Admins. Privately. Not Here.

If you’re leaving a hate group and need help to escape, Life After Hate has resources to help you

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^(Don’t modmail us asking to join or be approved to post. We’re remaining open as a warning, a library, of how bad it could be - (that you must kick the Nazis out of the bar, promptly, or it will become the Nazi bar) - and to push Reddit to deal with the few remaining misfeasant and malfeasant subreddit operator teams which are clearly targeting vulnerable demographics for hatred. And Just In Case something unforeseen happens.)

^(Instead of asking to post here: Go file some anonymous reports. And then go live life.)

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^(This post is automatically being reposted because Reddit collapses stickied posts and sometimes hides them, which prevents us from leaving one stickied post on the subreddit to explain things. Reddit: Fix your horrible UI design decision.)

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(This post is a message … and part of a system of messages … pay attention to it! Sending this message was important to us.)

^(This subreddit is not a place of honor … no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here … nothing valued is here.)

^(What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.)

1 Comment
2024/06/15
21:00 UTC

39

Found a hate group on Reddit? Here’s what to do.

You found a subreddit that’s infested by a hate group - maybe even it’s being run by a hate group? Or any other Sitewide Rules violations?

Here’s what to do.

#Step 1: DO NOT PARTICIPATE

Don’t join, post, comment, or vote in the group. Reddit’s recommendation algorithm is simple: If you participate in a group, that group is important to you, and you willingly associated with that group.

To get Reddit to kick hate groups off the site, it’s super important that you do not associate with hate groups.

They rely on your participation to spread hate!

#Step 2: USE THE REPORT BUTTON

Report the hate speech. Every post and comment has a Report button attached to it - sometimes under a ‘…’ button.

If you’re using a browser, you can copy the URL of the post or comment and report it using this link

#Step 3: FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MODERATORS

A subreddit where people openly post racist slurs, use misogynist language, screech about asylum-seekers or immigrants, vomit antiSemitism or Islamophobia or abuse LGTBQ people?

There is no excuse for these things!

Reddit’s Moderator Code of Conduct tells subreddit moderators:

We also expect that moderators uphold Reddit’s Content Policy and abide by Reddit’s User Agreement (especially Section 8), as well as make a concerted effort to remove and report violating content in their communities.

… You should never create, approve, enable or encourage rule-breaking content or behavior.

… You have enough Mods to effectively and consistently manage your community.

When a subreddit has too few moderators to prevent hate speech from being posted to their community and the hate speech stays up - if the community doesn’t report hate speech (which happens because they approve of the hate speech) - if they don’t implement any of the standard Automoderator rules that are available (absolutely free of charge) in the Automoderator library, and don’t turn on the (absolutely free of charge) native Hate Speech Filters which Reddit offers -

These so-called “moderators” are enabling rule-breaking content and behavior.

Tell Reddit to take action on these hate subreddit operators! File a Moderator Code of Conduct Complaint!

Include links to posts or comments that contain hate speech! Point out any subreddit rules or the name of the subreddit if they contain hate speech! If their moderators are the ones who wrote the hate speech, point that out — with links to the places they wrote hate speech, inside that subreddit or outside that subreddit!

If someone is writing hate speech in one subreddit, they’re going to enable other people to write that hate speech in another subreddit they are supposed to moderate!

#Step 4: ONWARD AND UPWARD

Join a different community for the subject that you want to talk about! Reddit doesn’t have Official Communities for anything, and anyone can create and moderate a subreddit - so it’s always possible to find or make a group for your interests!

1 Comment
2024/06/08
18:05 UTC

19

Full FAQ: How to report Hate Groups, NCIM, and CSAM. (& why there aren’t new posts here anymore)

There is no longer any reason or excuse for any subreddit to platform any abusive material any longer.

Hate speech, violent threats, harassment, Non-Consensual Intimate Media (NCIM), Child Sex Abuse Media (CSAM) - don’t belong here - and you can take private action to ensure they’re kicked off and kept off the site.

Reddit now allows people to file private, anonymous reports on this content - reports filed in a way that prevents advertising the existence of abusive content to others, that prevents amplifying it.

In September 2023, Reddit, Inc. finally closed the loop and took responsibility for preventing abuse of their platform.

Now it’s up to all of us to hold them to their promises.

You can:

  • report individual posts and comments using the “Report” button on the item;
  • use https://reddit.com/report;
  • report user profiles that have abusive names or profile pictures or biographies;
  • report entire subreddits and their moderator teams using a Formal Moderator Complaint (see below).

These reports aren’t public; They can’t be used by abusers to amplify their harms; They prevent amplifying harm to the abusers’ targets and victims. And - The abusers can’t target you for revenge or harassment for filing these reports.

If you find a subreddit that is:

* Promoting Hatred;

* Distributing Non-Consensual Intimate Media or Child Sexual Abuse Material;

or

* Promoting Community Interference with Other Subreddits —

Report those subreddits: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=19300233728916

If you find a subreddit that is recreating a banned subreddit (Ban Evasion Subreddit):

Report that subreddit: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058315692-How-do-I-report-a-community-I-suspect-of-ban-evasion

Don’t post here about them; don’t post elsewhere about them - doing so helps the abusers amplify their harms, and paints a target on you - and in the case of NCIM and CSAM, telling people where to find them is likely to be criminal.

Cut off the Oxygen of Amplification.

Report things to the Reddit Admins. Privately. Not Here.

If you’re leaving a hate group and need help to escape, Life After Hate has resources to help you

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(Don’t modmail us asking to join or be approved to post. We’re remaining open as a warning, a library, of how bad it could be - (that you must kick the Nazis out of the bar, promptly, or it will become the Nazi bar) - and to push Reddit to deal with the few remaining misfeasant and malfeasant subreddit operator teams which are clearly targeting vulnerable demographics for hatred. And Just In Case something unforeseen happens.)

^(Instead of asking to post here: Go file some anonymous reports. And then go live life.)

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(This post is automatically being reposted because Reddit collapses stickied posts and sometimes hides them, which prevents us from leaving one stickied post on the subreddit to explain things. Reddit: Fix your horrible UI design decision.)

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(This post is a message … and part of a system of messages … pay attention to it! Sending this message was important to us.)

^(This subreddit is not a place of honor … no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here … nothing valued is here.)

^(What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.)

1 Comment
2024/06/06
21:00 UTC

24

Found a hate group on Reddit? Here’s what to do.

You found a subreddit that’s infested by a hate group - maybe even it’s being run by a hate group? Or any other Sitewide Rules violations?

Here’s what to do.

#Step 1: DO NOT PARTICIPATE

Don’t join, post, comment, or vote in the group. Reddit’s recommendation algorithm is simple: If you participate in a group, that group is important to you, and you willingly associated with that group.

To get Reddit to kick hate groups off the site, it’s super important that you do not associate with hate groups.

They rely on your participation to spread hate!

#Step 2: USE THE REPORT BUTTON

Report the hate speech. Every post and comment has a Report button attached to it - sometimes under a ‘…’ button.

If you’re using a browser, you can copy the URL of the post or comment and report it using this link

#Step 3: FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MODERATORS

A subreddit where people openly post racist slurs, use misogynist language, screech about asylum-seekers or immigrants, vomit antiSemitism or Islamophobia or abuse LGTBQ people?

There is no excuse for these things!

Reddit’s Moderator Code of Conduct tells subreddit moderators:

We also expect that moderators uphold Reddit’s Content Policy and abide by Reddit’s User Agreement (especially Section 8), as well as make a concerted effort to remove and report violating content in their communities.

… You should never create, approve, enable or encourage rule-breaking content or behavior.

… You have enough Mods to effectively and consistently manage your community.

When a subreddit has too few moderators to prevent hate speech from being posted to their community and the hate speech stays up - if the community doesn’t report hate speech (which happens because they approve of the hate speech) - if they don’t implement any of the standard Automoderator rules that are available (absolutely free of charge) in the Automoderator library, and don’t turn on the (absolutely free of charge) native Hate Speech Filters which Reddit offers -

These so-called “moderators” are enabling rule-breaking content and behavior.

Tell Reddit to take action on these hate subreddit operators! File a Moderator Code of Conduct Complaint!

Include links to posts or comments that contain hate speech! Point out any subreddit rules or the name of the subreddit if they contain hate speech! If their moderators are the ones who wrote the hate speech, point that out — with links to the places they wrote hate speech, inside that subreddit or outside that subreddit!

If someone is writing hate speech in one subreddit, they’re going to enable other people to write that hate speech in another subreddit they are supposed to moderate!

#Step 4: ONWARD AND UPWARD

Join a different community for the subject that you want to talk about! Reddit doesn’t have Official Communities for anything, and anyone can create and moderate a subreddit - so it’s always possible to find or make a group for your interests!

1 Comment
2024/05/31
18:05 UTC

20

Full FAQ: How to report Hate Groups, NCIM, and CSAM. (& why there aren’t new posts here anymore)

There is no longer any reason or excuse for any subreddit to platform any abusive material any longer.

Hate speech, violent threats, harassment, Non-Consensual Intimate Media (NCIM), Child Sex Abuse Media (CSAM) - don’t belong here - and you can take private action to ensure they’re kicked off and kept off the site.

Reddit now allows people to file private, anonymous reports on this content - reports filed in a way that prevents advertising the existence of abusive content to others, that prevents amplifying it.

In September 2023, Reddit, Inc. finally closed the loop and took responsibility for preventing abuse of their platform.

Now it’s up to all of us to hold them to their promises.

You can:

  • report individual posts and comments using the “Report” button on the item;
  • use https://reddit.com/report;
  • report user profiles that have abusive names or profile pictures or biographies;
  • report entire subreddits and their moderator teams using a Formal Moderator Complaint (see below).

These reports aren’t public; They can’t be used by abusers to amplify their harms; They prevent amplifying harm to the abusers’ targets and victims. And - The abusers can’t target you for revenge or harassment for filing these reports.

If you find a subreddit that is:

* Promoting Hatred;

* Distributing Non-Consensual Intimate Media or Child Sexual Abuse Material;

or

* Promoting Community Interference with Other Subreddits —

Report those subreddits: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=19300233728916

If you find a subreddit that is recreating a banned subreddit (Ban Evasion Subreddit):

Report that subreddit: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058315692-How-do-I-report-a-community-I-suspect-of-ban-evasion

Don’t post here about them; don’t post elsewhere about them - doing so helps the abusers amplify their harms, and paints a target on you - and in the case of NCIM and CSAM, telling people where to find them is likely to be criminal.

Cut off the Oxygen of Amplification.

Report things to the Reddit Admins. Privately. Not Here.

If you’re leaving a hate group and need help to escape, Life After Hate has resources to help you

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(Don’t modmail us asking to join or be approved to post. We’re remaining open as a warning, a library, of how bad it could be - (that you must kick the Nazis out of the bar, promptly, or it will become the Nazi bar) - and to push Reddit to deal with the few remaining misfeasant and malfeasant subreddit operator teams which are clearly targeting vulnerable demographics for hatred. And Just In Case something unforeseen happens.)

^(Instead of asking to post here: Go file some anonymous reports. And then go live life.)

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(This post is automatically being reposted because Reddit collapses stickied posts and sometimes hides them, which prevents us from leaving one stickied post on the subreddit to explain things. Reddit: Fix your horrible UI design decision.)

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(This post is a message … and part of a system of messages … pay attention to it! Sending this message was important to us.)

^(This subreddit is not a place of honor … no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here … nothing valued is here.)

^(What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.)

1 Comment
2024/05/28
21:00 UTC

31

Found a hate group on Reddit? Here’s what to do.

You found a subreddit that’s infested by a hate group - maybe even it’s being run by a hate group? Or any other Sitewide Rules violations?

Here’s what to do.

#Step 1: DO NOT PARTICIPATE

Don’t join, post, comment, or vote in the group. Reddit’s recommendation algorithm is simple: If you participate in a group, that group is important to you, and you willingly associated with that group.

To get Reddit to kick hate groups off the site, it’s super important that you do not associate with hate groups.

They rely on your participation to spread hate!

#Step 2: USE THE REPORT BUTTON

Report the hate speech. Every post and comment has a Report button attached to it - sometimes under a ‘…’ button.

If you’re using a browser, you can copy the URL of the post or comment and report it using this link

#Step 3: FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MODERATORS

A subreddit where people openly post racist slurs, use misogynist language, screech about asylum-seekers or immigrants, vomit antiSemitism or Islamophobia or abuse LGTBQ people?

There is no excuse for these things!

Reddit’s Moderator Code of Conduct tells subreddit moderators:

We also expect that moderators uphold Reddit’s Content Policy and abide by Reddit’s User Agreement (especially Section 8), as well as make a concerted effort to remove and report violating content in their communities.

… You should never create, approve, enable or encourage rule-breaking content or behavior.

… You have enough Mods to effectively and consistently manage your community.

When a subreddit has too few moderators to prevent hate speech from being posted to their community and the hate speech stays up - if the community doesn’t report hate speech (which happens because they approve of the hate speech) - if they don’t implement any of the standard Automoderator rules that are available (absolutely free of charge) in the Automoderator library, and don’t turn on the (absolutely free of charge) native Hate Speech Filters which Reddit offers -

These so-called “moderators” are enabling rule-breaking content and behavior.

Tell Reddit to take action on these hate subreddit operators! File a Moderator Code of Conduct Complaint!

Include links to posts or comments that contain hate speech! Point out any subreddit rules or the name of the subreddit if they contain hate speech! If their moderators are the ones who wrote the hate speech, point that out — with links to the places they wrote hate speech, inside that subreddit or outside that subreddit!

If someone is writing hate speech in one subreddit, they’re going to enable other people to write that hate speech in another subreddit they are supposed to moderate!

#Step 4: ONWARD AND UPWARD

Join a different community for the subject that you want to talk about! Reddit doesn’t have Official Communities for anything, and anyone can create and moderate a subreddit - so it’s always possible to find or make a group for your interests!

1 Comment
2024/05/23
18:05 UTC

19

Full FAQ: How to report Hate Groups, NCIM, and CSAM. (& why there aren’t new posts here anymore)

There is no longer any reason or excuse for any subreddit to platform any abusive material any longer.

Hate speech, violent threats, harassment, Non-Consensual Intimate Media (NCIM), Child Sex Abuse Media (CSAM) - don’t belong here - and you can take private action to ensure they’re kicked off and kept off the site.

Reddit now allows people to file private, anonymous reports on this content - reports filed in a way that prevents advertising the existence of abusive content to others, that prevents amplifying it.

In September 2023, Reddit, Inc. finally closed the loop and took responsibility for preventing abuse of their platform.

Now it’s up to all of us to hold them to their promises.

You can:

  • report individual posts and comments using the “Report” button on the item;
  • use https://reddit.com/report;
  • report user profiles that have abusive names or profile pictures or biographies;
  • report entire subreddits and their moderator teams using a Formal Moderator Complaint (see below).

These reports aren’t public; They can’t be used by abusers to amplify their harms; They prevent amplifying harm to the abusers’ targets and victims. And - The abusers can’t target you for revenge or harassment for filing these reports.

If you find a subreddit that is:

* Promoting Hatred;

* Distributing Non-Consensual Intimate Media or Child Sexual Abuse Material;

or

* Promoting Community Interference with Other Subreddits —

Report those subreddits: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=19300233728916

If you find a subreddit that is recreating a banned subreddit (Ban Evasion Subreddit):

Report that subreddit: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058315692-How-do-I-report-a-community-I-suspect-of-ban-evasion

Don’t post here about them; don’t post elsewhere about them - doing so helps the abusers amplify their harms, and paints a target on you - and in the case of NCIM and CSAM, telling people where to find them is likely to be criminal.

Cut off the Oxygen of Amplification.

Report things to the Reddit Admins. Privately. Not Here.

If you’re leaving a hate group and need help to escape, Life After Hate has resources to help you

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(Don’t modmail us asking to join or be approved to post. We’re remaining open as a warning, a library, of how bad it could be - (that you must kick the Nazis out of the bar, promptly, or it will become the Nazi bar) - and to push Reddit to deal with the few remaining misfeasant and malfeasant subreddit operator teams which are clearly targeting vulnerable demographics for hatred. And Just In Case something unforeseen happens.)

^(Instead of asking to post here: Go file some anonymous reports. And then go live life.)

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(This post is automatically being reposted because Reddit collapses stickied posts and sometimes hides them, which prevents us from leaving one stickied post on the subreddit to explain things. Reddit: Fix your horrible UI design decision.)

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(This post is a message … and part of a system of messages … pay attention to it! Sending this message was important to us.)

^(This subreddit is not a place of honor … no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here … nothing valued is here.)

^(What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.)

1 Comment
2024/05/19
21:00 UTC

34

Found a hate group on Reddit? Here’s what to do.

You found a subreddit that’s infested by a hate group - maybe even it’s being run by a hate group? Or any other Sitewide Rules violations?

Here’s what to do.

#Step 1: DO NOT PARTICIPATE

Don’t join, post, comment, or vote in the group. Reddit’s recommendation algorithm is simple: If you participate in a group, that group is important to you, and you willingly associated with that group.

To get Reddit to kick hate groups off the site, it’s super important that you do not associate with hate groups.

They rely on your participation to spread hate!

#Step 2: USE THE REPORT BUTTON

Report the hate speech. Every post and comment has a Report button attached to it - sometimes under a ‘…’ button.

If you’re using a browser, you can copy the URL of the post or comment and report it using this link

#Step 3: FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MODERATORS

A subreddit where people openly post racist slurs, use misogynist language, screech about asylum-seekers or immigrants, vomit antiSemitism or Islamophobia or abuse LGTBQ people?

There is no excuse for these things!

Reddit’s Moderator Code of Conduct tells subreddit moderators:

We also expect that moderators uphold Reddit’s Content Policy and abide by Reddit’s User Agreement (especially Section 8), as well as make a concerted effort to remove and report violating content in their communities.

… You should never create, approve, enable or encourage rule-breaking content or behavior.

… You have enough Mods to effectively and consistently manage your community.

When a subreddit has too few moderators to prevent hate speech from being posted to their community and the hate speech stays up - if the community doesn’t report hate speech (which happens because they approve of the hate speech) - if they don’t implement any of the standard Automoderator rules that are available (absolutely free of charge) in the Automoderator library, and don’t turn on the (absolutely free of charge) native Hate Speech Filters which Reddit offers -

These so-called “moderators” are enabling rule-breaking content and behavior.

Tell Reddit to take action on these hate subreddit operators! File a Moderator Code of Conduct Complaint!

Include links to posts or comments that contain hate speech! Point out any subreddit rules or the name of the subreddit if they contain hate speech! If their moderators are the ones who wrote the hate speech, point that out — with links to the places they wrote hate speech, inside that subreddit or outside that subreddit!

If someone is writing hate speech in one subreddit, they’re going to enable other people to write that hate speech in another subreddit they are supposed to moderate!

#Step 4: ONWARD AND UPWARD

Join a different community for the subject that you want to talk about! Reddit doesn’t have Official Communities for anything, and anyone can create and moderate a subreddit - so it’s always possible to find or make a group for your interests!

1 Comment
2024/05/15
18:05 UTC

0

Rest in Power

Aaron Salter Jr., 55;

Celestine Chaney, 65;

Roberta A. Drury, 32;

Andre Mackniel, 53;

Katherine Massey, 72;

Margus D. Morrison, 52;

Heyward Patterson, 67;

Geraldine Talley, 62;

Ruth Whitfield, 86;

Pearl Young, 77.

6 Comments
2024/05/14
19:28 UTC

27

Full FAQ: How to report Hate Groups, NCIM, and CSAM. (& why there aren’t new posts here anymore)

There is no longer any reason or excuse for any subreddit to platform any abusive material any longer.

Hate speech, violent threats, harassment, Non-Consensual Intimate Media (NCIM), Child Sex Abuse Media (CSAM) - don’t belong here - and you can take private action to ensure they’re kicked off and kept off the site.

Reddit now allows people to file private, anonymous reports on this content - reports filed in a way that prevents advertising the existence of abusive content to others, that prevents amplifying it.

In September 2023, Reddit, Inc. finally closed the loop and took responsibility for preventing abuse of their platform.

Now it’s up to all of us to hold them to their promises.

You can:

  • report individual posts and comments using the “Report” button on the item;
  • use https://reddit.com/report;
  • report user profiles that have abusive names or profile pictures or biographies;
  • report entire subreddits and their moderator teams using a Formal Moderator Complaint (see below).

These reports aren’t public; They can’t be used by abusers to amplify their harms; They prevent amplifying harm to the abusers’ targets and victims. And - The abusers can’t target you for revenge or harassment for filing these reports.

If you find a subreddit that is:

* Promoting Hatred;

* Distributing Non-Consensual Intimate Media or Child Sexual Abuse Material;

or

* Promoting Community Interference with Other Subreddits —

Report those subreddits: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=19300233728916

If you find a subreddit that is recreating a banned subreddit (Ban Evasion Subreddit):

Report that subreddit: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058315692-How-do-I-report-a-community-I-suspect-of-ban-evasion

Don’t post here about them; don’t post elsewhere about them - doing so helps the abusers amplify their harms, and paints a target on you - and in the case of NCIM and CSAM, telling people where to find them is likely to be criminal.

Cut off the Oxygen of Amplification.

Report things to the Reddit Admins. Privately. Not Here.

If you’re leaving a hate group and need help to escape, Life After Hate has resources to help you

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(Don’t modmail us asking to join or be approved to post. We’re remaining open as a warning, a library, of how bad it could be - (that you must kick the Nazis out of the bar, promptly, or it will become the Nazi bar) - and to push Reddit to deal with the few remaining misfeasant and malfeasant subreddit operator teams which are clearly targeting vulnerable demographics for hatred. And Just In Case something unforeseen happens.)

^(Instead of asking to post here: Go file some anonymous reports. And then go live life.)

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(This post is automatically being reposted because Reddit collapses stickied posts and sometimes hides them, which prevents us from leaving one stickied post on the subreddit to explain things. Reddit: Fix your horrible UI design decision.)

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(This post is a message … and part of a system of messages … pay attention to it! Sending this message was important to us.)

^(This subreddit is not a place of honor … no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here … nothing valued is here.)

^(What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.)

1 Comment
2024/05/10
21:00 UTC

31

Found a hate group on Reddit? Here’s what to do.

You found a subreddit that’s infested by a hate group - maybe even it’s being run by a hate group? Or any other Sitewide Rules violations?

Here’s what to do.

#Step 1: DO NOT PARTICIPATE

Don’t join, post, comment, or vote in the group. Reddit’s recommendation algorithm is simple: If you participate in a group, that group is important to you, and you willingly associated with that group.

To get Reddit to kick hate groups off the site, it’s super important that you do not associate with hate groups.

They rely on your participation to spread hate!

#Step 2: USE THE REPORT BUTTON

Report the hate speech. Every post and comment has a Report button attached to it - sometimes under a ‘…’ button.

If you’re using a browser, you can copy the URL of the post or comment and report it using this link

#Step 3: FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MODERATORS

A subreddit where people openly post racist slurs, use misogynist language, screech about asylum-seekers or immigrants, vomit antiSemitism or Islamophobia or abuse LGTBQ people?

There is no excuse for these things!

Reddit’s Moderator Code of Conduct tells subreddit moderators:

We also expect that moderators uphold Reddit’s Content Policy and abide by Reddit’s User Agreement (especially Section 8), as well as make a concerted effort to remove and report violating content in their communities.

… You should never create, approve, enable or encourage rule-breaking content or behavior.

… You have enough Mods to effectively and consistently manage your community.

When a subreddit has too few moderators to prevent hate speech from being posted to their community and the hate speech stays up - if the community doesn’t report hate speech (which happens because they approve of the hate speech) - if they don’t implement any of the standard Automoderator rules that are available (absolutely free of charge) in the Automoderator library, and don’t turn on the (absolutely free of charge) native Hate Speech Filters which Reddit offers -

These so-called “moderators” are enabling rule-breaking content and behavior.

Tell Reddit to take action on these hate subreddit operators! File a Moderator Code of Conduct Complaint!

Include links to posts or comments that contain hate speech! Point out any subreddit rules or the name of the subreddit if they contain hate speech! If their moderators are the ones who wrote the hate speech, point that out — with links to the places they wrote hate speech, inside that subreddit or outside that subreddit!

If someone is writing hate speech in one subreddit, they’re going to enable other people to write that hate speech in another subreddit they are supposed to moderate!

#Step 4: ONWARD AND UPWARD

Join a different community for the subject that you want to talk about! Reddit doesn’t have Official Communities for anything, and anyone can create and moderate a subreddit - so it’s always possible to find or make a group for your interests!

1 Comment
2024/05/07
18:05 UTC

35

Full FAQ: How to report Hate Groups, NCIM, and CSAM. (& why there aren’t new posts here anymore)

There is no longer any reason or excuse for any subreddit to platform any abusive material any longer.

Hate speech, violent threats, harassment, Non-Consensual Intimate Media (NCIM), Child Sex Abuse Media (CSAM) - don’t belong here - and you can take private action to ensure they’re kicked off and kept off the site.

Reddit now allows people to file private, anonymous reports on this content - reports filed in a way that prevents advertising the existence of abusive content to others, that prevents amplifying it.

In September 2023, Reddit, Inc. finally closed the loop and took responsibility for preventing abuse of their platform.

Now it’s up to all of us to hold them to their promises.

You can:

  • report individual posts and comments using the “Report” button on the item;
  • use https://reddit.com/report;
  • report user profiles that have abusive names or profile pictures or biographies;
  • report entire subreddits and their moderator teams using a Formal Moderator Complaint (see below).

These reports aren’t public; They can’t be used by abusers to amplify their harms; They prevent amplifying harm to the abusers’ targets and victims. And - The abusers can’t target you for revenge or harassment for filing these reports.

If you find a subreddit that is:

* Promoting Hatred;

* Distributing Non-Consensual Intimate Media or Child Sexual Abuse Material;

or

* Promoting Community Interference with Other Subreddits —

Report those subreddits: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=19300233728916

If you find a subreddit that is recreating a banned subreddit (Ban Evasion Subreddit):

Report that subreddit: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058315692-How-do-I-report-a-community-I-suspect-of-ban-evasion

Don’t post here about them; don’t post elsewhere about them - doing so helps the abusers amplify their harms, and paints a target on you - and in the case of NCIM and CSAM, telling people where to find them is likely to be criminal.

Cut off the Oxygen of Amplification.

Report things to the Reddit Admins. Privately. Not Here.

If you’re leaving a hate group and need help to escape, Life After Hate has resources to help you

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(Don’t modmail us asking to join or be approved to post. We’re remaining open as a warning, a library, of how bad it could be - (that you must kick the Nazis out of the bar, promptly, or it will become the Nazi bar) - and to push Reddit to deal with the few remaining misfeasant and malfeasant subreddit operator teams which are clearly targeting vulnerable demographics for hatred. And Just In Case something unforeseen happens.)

^(Instead of asking to post here: Go file some anonymous reports. And then go live life.)

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(This post is automatically being reposted because Reddit collapses stickied posts and sometimes hides them, which prevents us from leaving one stickied post on the subreddit to explain things. Reddit: Fix your horrible UI design decision.)

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(This post is a message … and part of a system of messages … pay attention to it! Sending this message was important to us.)

^(This subreddit is not a place of honor … no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here … nothing valued is here.)

^(What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.)

1 Comment
2024/05/01
21:00 UTC

50

Found a hate group on Reddit? Here’s what to do.

You found a subreddit that’s infested by a hate group - maybe even it’s being run by a hate group? Or any other Sitewide Rules violations?

Here’s what to do.

#Step 1: DO NOT PARTICIPATE

Don’t join, post, comment, or vote in the group. Reddit’s recommendation algorithm is simple: If you participate in a group, that group is important to you, and you willingly associated with that group.

To get Reddit to kick hate groups off the site, it’s super important that you do not associate with hate groups.

They rely on your participation to spread hate!

#Step 2: USE THE REPORT BUTTON

Report the hate speech. Every post and comment has a Report button attached to it - sometimes under a ‘…’ button.

If you’re using a browser, you can copy the URL of the post or comment and report it using this link

#Step 3: FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MODERATORS

A subreddit where people openly post racist slurs, use misogynist language, screech about asylum-seekers or immigrants, vomit antiSemitism or Islamophobia or abuse LGTBQ people?

There is no excuse for these things!

Reddit’s Moderator Code of Conduct tells subreddit moderators:

We also expect that moderators uphold Reddit’s Content Policy and abide by Reddit’s User Agreement (especially Section 8), as well as make a concerted effort to remove and report violating content in their communities.

… You should never create, approve, enable or encourage rule-breaking content or behavior.

… You have enough Mods to effectively and consistently manage your community.

When a subreddit has too few moderators to prevent hate speech from being posted to their community and the hate speech stays up - if the community doesn’t report hate speech (which happens because they approve of the hate speech) - if they don’t implement any of the standard Automoderator rules that are available (absolutely free of charge) in the Automoderator library, and don’t turn on the (absolutely free of charge) native Hate Speech Filters which Reddit offers -

These so-called “moderators” are enabling rule-breaking content and behavior.

Tell Reddit to take action on these hate subreddit operators! File a Moderator Code of Conduct Complaint!

Include links to posts or comments that contain hate speech! Point out any subreddit rules or the name of the subreddit if they contain hate speech! If their moderators are the ones who wrote the hate speech, point that out — with links to the places they wrote hate speech, inside that subreddit or outside that subreddit!

If someone is writing hate speech in one subreddit, they’re going to enable other people to write that hate speech in another subreddit they are supposed to moderate!

#Step 4: ONWARD AND UPWARD

Join a different community for the subject that you want to talk about! Reddit doesn’t have Official Communities for anything, and anyone can create and moderate a subreddit - so it’s always possible to find or make a group for your interests!

1 Comment
2024/04/29
18:05 UTC

124

The audience of r/conservative conflates all Palestinians as Terrorists, and calls all student protestors on University of Texas campus “pro-Hamas”

Reddit’s Rule against Promoting Hatred based on identity or vulnerability specifies:

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.

The audience of r|Conservative:

https://ghostarchive.org/archive/LRjeV

Don't bring that here, we don't coddle terrorists

+89

A protestor appears directly underneath

Do they not have a right to peacefully assemble in the public square?

-54

Response:

At this point the mask has come off and these protests are pro-hamas, a group dedicated to the eradication of Israel, nothing peaceful about it.

Which is, per the definition Reddit uses of hate speech, hate speech -

Targeting student protestors, protesting against Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians, as “pro-Hamas”

And

Equating all Palestinians as Hamas, all Palestinians as terrorists.

Further down

Find me a Palestinian protestor who isn't anti semite. I never realized how much elite academia hates Jews.

Further down

Wonder who’s funding these bad actors? The BLM playbook and grift looks to be coming in hot.


There are more, but these serve to prove the point.

Some important facts:

Equating Zionism to Judaism, as these commenters (almost certainly all philosemitic Protestant Christians) are doing, is itself antisemitism. Equating Israel to Judaism is itself antisemitic. There are many Jewish people worldwide and in America who have spoken out against the atrocities Israel has performed against arbitrary Palestinians in the past six months.

/r/conservative has a history of demanding that progressive protestors be suppressed by institutional power, including by police power. It constantly vilifies the Black Lives Matter movement and protests.

They’re not suddenly Virtuous Protectors of Judaism and Israel, Anti-Terrorist Champions in that subreddit; they have the position they have because it lets them call university students “terrorists”, call non-White Arabic / Non-Christian Palestinians “terrorists”, and support violent suppression of peaceful protest and peaceful speech by their enemies.

They support this position because they believe they will have sanction to promote hatred of people based on identity and vulnerability.

This culture of hatred in that subreddit aimed at non-Judeo-Christian, non-Whites persists, and the operators of the subreddit cannot push back on it, to uphold Reddit’s Sitewide Rule 1, because the hatred is pervasive to the political group.

They’ve clearly abandoned the values of democracy — the notion of free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of academic inquiry, the right to protest — and abandoned upholding the Reddit User Agreement.

In favor of a fascist police state exercising the power to silence peaceful protests for peace through false claims of criminal support of terrorism.

R|Conservative — like the empty political movement it exists to promote — is nothing more than a hate group.

17 Comments
2024/04/24
22:23 UTC

42

Full FAQ: How to report Hate Groups, NCIM, and CSAM. (& why there aren’t new posts here anymore)

There is no longer any reason or excuse for any subreddit to platform any abusive material any longer.

Hate speech, violent threats, harassment, Non-Consensual Intimate Media (NCIM), Child Sex Abuse Media (CSAM) - don’t belong here - and you can take private action to ensure they’re kicked off and kept off the site.

Reddit now allows people to file private, anonymous reports on this content - reports filed in a way that prevents advertising the existence of abusive content to others, that prevents amplifying it.

In September 2023, Reddit, Inc. finally closed the loop and took responsibility for preventing abuse of their platform.

Now it’s up to all of us to hold them to their promises.

You can:

  • report individual posts and comments using the “Report” button on the item;
  • use https://reddit.com/report;
  • report user profiles that have abusive names or profile pictures or biographies;
  • report entire subreddits and their moderator teams using a Formal Moderator Complaint (see below).

These reports aren’t public; They can’t be used by abusers to amplify their harms; They prevent amplifying harm to the abusers’ targets and victims. And - The abusers can’t target you for revenge or harassment for filing these reports.

If you find a subreddit that is:

* Promoting Hatred;

* Distributing Non-Consensual Intimate Media or Child Sexual Abuse Material;

or

* Promoting Community Interference with Other Subreddits —

Report those subreddits: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=19300233728916

If you find a subreddit that is recreating a banned subreddit (Ban Evasion Subreddit):

Report that subreddit: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058315692-How-do-I-report-a-community-I-suspect-of-ban-evasion

Don’t post here about them; don’t post elsewhere about them - doing so helps the abusers amplify their harms, and paints a target on you - and in the case of NCIM and CSAM, telling people where to find them is likely to be criminal.

Cut off the Oxygen of Amplification.

Report things to the Reddit Admins. Privately. Not Here.

If you’re leaving a hate group and need help to escape, Life After Hate has resources to help you

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(Don’t modmail us asking to join or be approved to post. We’re remaining open as a warning, a library, of how bad it could be - (that you must kick the Nazis out of the bar, promptly, or it will become the Nazi bar) - and to push Reddit to deal with the few remaining misfeasant and malfeasant subreddit operator teams which are clearly targeting vulnerable demographics for hatred. And Just In Case something unforeseen happens.)

^(Instead of asking to post here: Go file some anonymous reports. And then go live life.)

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(This post is automatically being reposted because Reddit collapses stickied posts and sometimes hides them, which prevents us from leaving one stickied post on the subreddit to explain things. Reddit: Fix your horrible UI design decision.)

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(This post is a message … and part of a system of messages … pay attention to it! Sending this message was important to us.)

^(This subreddit is not a place of honor … no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here … nothing valued is here.)

^(What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.)

1 Comment
2024/04/22
21:00 UTC

40

Found a hate group on Reddit? Here’s what to do.

You found a subreddit that’s infested by a hate group - maybe even it’s being run by a hate group? Or any other Sitewide Rules violations?

Here’s what to do.

#Step 1: DO NOT PARTICIPATE

Don’t join, post, comment, or vote in the group. Reddit’s recommendation algorithm is simple: If you participate in a group, that group is important to you, and you willingly associated with that group.

To get Reddit to kick hate groups off the site, it’s super important that you do not associate with hate groups.

They rely on your participation to spread hate!

#Step 2: USE THE REPORT BUTTON

Report the hate speech. Every post and comment has a Report button attached to it - sometimes under a ‘…’ button.

If you’re using a browser, you can copy the URL of the post or comment and report it using this link

#Step 3: FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MODERATORS

A subreddit where people openly post racist slurs, use misogynist language, screech about asylum-seekers or immigrants, vomit antiSemitism or Islamophobia or abuse LGTBQ people?

There is no excuse for these things!

Reddit’s Moderator Code of Conduct tells subreddit moderators:

We also expect that moderators uphold Reddit’s Content Policy and abide by Reddit’s User Agreement (especially Section 8), as well as make a concerted effort to remove and report violating content in their communities.

… You should never create, approve, enable or encourage rule-breaking content or behavior.

… You have enough Mods to effectively and consistently manage your community.

When a subreddit has too few moderators to prevent hate speech from being posted to their community and the hate speech stays up - if the community doesn’t report hate speech (which happens because they approve of the hate speech) - if they don’t implement any of the standard Automoderator rules that are available (absolutely free of charge) in the Automoderator library, and don’t turn on the (absolutely free of charge) native Hate Speech Filters which Reddit offers -

These so-called “moderators” are enabling rule-breaking content and behavior.

Tell Reddit to take action on these hate subreddit operators! File a Moderator Code of Conduct Complaint!

Include links to posts or comments that contain hate speech! Point out any subreddit rules or the name of the subreddit if they contain hate speech! If their moderators are the ones who wrote the hate speech, point that out — with links to the places they wrote hate speech, inside that subreddit or outside that subreddit!

If someone is writing hate speech in one subreddit, they’re going to enable other people to write that hate speech in another subreddit they are supposed to moderate!

#Step 4: ONWARD AND UPWARD

Join a different community for the subject that you want to talk about! Reddit doesn’t have Official Communities for anything, and anyone can create and moderate a subreddit - so it’s always possible to find or make a group for your interests!

1 Comment
2024/04/21
18:05 UTC

18

Reddit’s July - December 2023 Transparency Report is up.

https://www.redditinc.com/policies/transparency-report-july-to-december-2023

Per their transparency report, July-December 2023, ~4.4 billion items were posted to Reddit.

Admins action ~68,700 of them as violating Sitewide Rule 1, which prohibits promotion of hatred.

This represents a literal 1 in a million incident rate of actionable hate speech on Reddit.

11 Comments
2024/04/16
22:46 UTC

11

Full FAQ: How to report Hate Groups, NCIM, and CSAM. (& why there aren’t new posts here anymore)

There is no longer any reason or excuse for any subreddit to platform any abusive material any longer.

Hate speech, violent threats, harassment, Non-Consensual Intimate Media (NCIM), Child Sex Abuse Media (CSAM) - don’t belong here - and you can take private action to ensure they’re kicked off and kept off the site.

Reddit now allows people to file private, anonymous reports on this content - reports filed in a way that prevents advertising the existence of abusive content to others, that prevents amplifying it.

In September 2023, Reddit, Inc. finally closed the loop and took responsibility for preventing abuse of their platform.

Now it’s up to all of us to hold them to their promises.

You can:

  • report individual posts and comments using the “Report” button on the item;
  • use https://reddit.com/report;
  • report user profiles that have abusive names or profile pictures or biographies;
  • report entire subreddits and their moderator teams using a Formal Moderator Complaint (see below).

These reports aren’t public; They can’t be used by abusers to amplify their harms; They prevent amplifying harm to the abusers’ targets and victims. And - The abusers can’t target you for revenge or harassment for filing these reports.

If you find a subreddit that is:

* Promoting Hatred;

* Distributing Non-Consensual Intimate Media or Child Sexual Abuse Material;

or

* Promoting Community Interference with Other Subreddits —

Report those subreddits: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=19300233728916

If you find a subreddit that is recreating a banned subreddit (Ban Evasion Subreddit):

Report that subreddit: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058315692-How-do-I-report-a-community-I-suspect-of-ban-evasion

Don’t post here about them; don’t post elsewhere about them - doing so helps the abusers amplify their harms, and paints a target on you - and in the case of NCIM and CSAM, telling people where to find them is likely to be criminal.

Cut off the Oxygen of Amplification.

Report things to the Reddit Admins. Privately. Not Here.

If you’re leaving a hate group and need help to escape, Life After Hate has resources to help you

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^(Don’t modmail us asking to join or be approved to post. We’re remaining open as a warning, a library, of how bad it could be - (that you must kick the Nazis out of the bar, promptly, or it will become the Nazi bar) - and to push Reddit to deal with the few remaining misfeasant and malfeasant subreddit operator teams which are clearly targeting vulnerable demographics for hatred. And Just In Case something unforeseen happens.)

^(Instead of asking to post here: Go file some anonymous reports. And then go live life.)

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^(This post is automatically being reposted because Reddit collapses stickied posts and sometimes hides them, which prevents us from leaving one stickied post on the subreddit to explain things. Reddit: Fix your horrible UI design decision.)

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^(This post is a message … and part of a system of messages … pay attention to it! Sending this message was important to us.)

^(This subreddit is not a place of honor … no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here … nothing valued is here.)

^(What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.)

1 Comment
2024/04/13
21:00 UTC

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Found a hate group on Reddit? Here’s what to do.

You found a subreddit that’s infested by a hate group - maybe even it’s being run by a hate group? Or any other Sitewide Rules violations?

Here’s what to do.

#Step 1: DO NOT PARTICIPATE

Don’t join, post, comment, or vote in the group. Reddit’s recommendation algorithm is simple: If you participate in a group, that group is important to you, and you willingly associated with that group.

To get Reddit to kick hate groups off the site, it’s super important that you do not associate with hate groups.

They rely on your participation to spread hate!

#Step 2: USE THE REPORT BUTTON

Report the hate speech. Every post and comment has a Report button attached to it - sometimes under a ‘…’ button.

If you’re using a browser, you can copy the URL of the post or comment and report it using this link

#Step 3: FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MODERATORS

A subreddit where people openly post racist slurs, use misogynist language, screech about asylum-seekers or immigrants, vomit antiSemitism or Islamophobia or abuse LGTBQ people?

There is no excuse for these things!

Reddit’s Moderator Code of Conduct tells subreddit moderators:

We also expect that moderators uphold Reddit’s Content Policy and abide by Reddit’s User Agreement (especially Section 8), as well as make a concerted effort to remove and report violating content in their communities.

… You should never create, approve, enable or encourage rule-breaking content or behavior.

… You have enough Mods to effectively and consistently manage your community.

When a subreddit has too few moderators to prevent hate speech from being posted to their community and the hate speech stays up - if the community doesn’t report hate speech (which happens because they approve of the hate speech) - if they don’t implement any of the standard Automoderator rules that are available (absolutely free of charge) in the Automoderator library, and don’t turn on the (absolutely free of charge) native Hate Speech Filters which Reddit offers -

These so-called “moderators” are enabling rule-breaking content and behavior.

Tell Reddit to take action on these hate subreddit operators! File a Moderator Code of Conduct Complaint!

Include links to posts or comments that contain hate speech! Point out any subreddit rules or the name of the subreddit if they contain hate speech! If their moderators are the ones who wrote the hate speech, point that out — with links to the places they wrote hate speech, inside that subreddit or outside that subreddit!

If someone is writing hate speech in one subreddit, they’re going to enable other people to write that hate speech in another subreddit they are supposed to moderate!

#Step 4: ONWARD AND UPWARD

Join a different community for the subject that you want to talk about! Reddit doesn’t have Official Communities for anything, and anyone can create and moderate a subreddit - so it’s always possible to find or make a group for your interests!

1 Comment
2024/04/13
18:05 UTC

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Rampant transphobia on r-rspod

It's an entire thread dedicated to dehumanizing trans lesbians and engaging in extremely targeted hate toward a small, marginalized minority of an already small and marginalized minority.

Archive: https://ghostarchive.org/archive/F928o

Title: Why are so many trans-women lesbians?

A few upvoted comments:

593 upvotes:

"bc a lot of them are just autogynephilic straight men"

Context: "autogynephilia" is the transphobic and unfounded belief that being trans is nothing more than a sexual fetish.

270 upvotes:

"Straight men with a sexual fetish"

41 upvotes:

"Literally lol they’re so gross"


There's also a healthy amount of open discussion in the comments acknowledging that their behavior is bannable.

63 upvotes:

"Are you trying to get the sub banned?"

8 Comments
2024/04/10
04:48 UTC

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Found a hate group on Reddit? Here’s what to do.

You found a subreddit that’s infested by a hate group - maybe even it’s being run by a hate group? Or any other Sitewide Rules violations?

Here’s what to do.

#Step 1: DO NOT PARTICIPATE

Don’t join, post, comment, or vote in the group. Reddit’s recommendation algorithm is simple: If you participate in a group, that group is important to you, and you willingly associated with that group.

To get Reddit to kick hate groups off the site, it’s super important that you do not associate with hate groups.

They rely on your participation to spread hate!

#Step 2: USE THE REPORT BUTTON

Report the hate speech. Every post and comment has a Report button attached to it - sometimes under a ‘…’ button.

If you’re using a browser, you can copy the URL of the post or comment and report it using this link

#Step 3: FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MODERATORS

A subreddit where people openly post racist slurs, use misogynist language, screech about asylum-seekers or immigrants, vomit antiSemitism or Islamophobia or abuse LGTBQ people?

There is no excuse for these things!

Reddit’s Moderator Code of Conduct tells subreddit moderators:

We also expect that moderators uphold Reddit’s Content Policy and abide by Reddit’s User Agreement (especially Section 8), as well as make a concerted effort to remove and report violating content in their communities.

… You should never create, approve, enable or encourage rule-breaking content or behavior.

… You have enough Mods to effectively and consistently manage your community.

When a subreddit has too few moderators to prevent hate speech from being posted to their community and the hate speech stays up - if the community doesn’t report hate speech (which happens because they approve of the hate speech) - if they don’t implement any of the standard Automoderator rules that are available (absolutely free of charge) in the Automoderator library, and don’t turn on the (absolutely free of charge) native Hate Speech Filters which Reddit offers -

These so-called “moderators” are enabling rule-breaking content and behavior.

Tell Reddit to take action on these hate subreddit operators! File a Moderator Code of Conduct Complaint!

Include links to posts or comments that contain hate speech! Point out any subreddit rules or the name of the subreddit if they contain hate speech! If their moderators are the ones who wrote the hate speech, point that out — with links to the places they wrote hate speech, inside that subreddit or outside that subreddit!

If someone is writing hate speech in one subreddit, they’re going to enable other people to write that hate speech in another subreddit they are supposed to moderate!

#Step 4: ONWARD AND UPWARD

Join a different community for the subject that you want to talk about! Reddit doesn’t have Official Communities for anything, and anyone can create and moderate a subreddit - so it’s always possible to find or make a group for your interests!

1 Comment
2024/04/05
18:05 UTC

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Full FAQ: How to report Hate Groups, NCIM, and CSAM. (& why there aren’t new posts here anymore)

There is no longer any reason or excuse for any subreddit to platform any abusive material any longer.

Hate speech, violent threats, harassment, Non-Consensual Intimate Media (NCIM), Child Sex Abuse Media (CSAM) - don’t belong here - and you can take private action to ensure they’re kicked off and kept off the site.

Reddit now allows people to file private, anonymous reports on this content - reports filed in a way that prevents advertising the existence of abusive content to others, that prevents amplifying it.

In September 2023, Reddit, Inc. finally closed the loop and took responsibility for preventing abuse of their platform.

Now it’s up to all of us to hold them to their promises.

You can:

  • report individual posts and comments using the “Report” button on the item;
  • use https://reddit.com/report;
  • report user profiles that have abusive names or profile pictures or biographies;
  • report entire subreddits and their moderator teams using a Formal Moderator Complaint (see below).

These reports aren’t public; They can’t be used by abusers to amplify their harms; They prevent amplifying harm to the abusers’ targets and victims. And - The abusers can’t target you for revenge or harassment for filing these reports.

If you find a subreddit that is:

* Promoting Hatred;

* Distributing Non-Consensual Intimate Media or Child Sexual Abuse Material;

or

* Promoting Community Interference with Other Subreddits —

Report those subreddits: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=19300233728916

If you find a subreddit that is recreating a banned subreddit (Ban Evasion Subreddit):

Report that subreddit: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058315692-How-do-I-report-a-community-I-suspect-of-ban-evasion

Don’t post here about them; don’t post elsewhere about them - doing so helps the abusers amplify their harms, and paints a target on you - and in the case of NCIM and CSAM, telling people where to find them is likely to be criminal.

Cut off the Oxygen of Amplification.

Report things to the Reddit Admins. Privately. Not Here.

If you’re leaving a hate group and need help to escape, Life After Hate has resources to help you

⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂⁂

^(Don’t modmail us asking to join or be approved to post. We’re remaining open as a warning, a library, of how bad it could be - (that you must kick the Nazis out of the bar, promptly, or it will become the Nazi bar) - and to push Reddit to deal with the few remaining misfeasant and malfeasant subreddit operator teams which are clearly targeting vulnerable demographics for hatred. And Just In Case something unforeseen happens.)

^(Instead of asking to post here: Go file some anonymous reports. And then go live life.)

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^(This post is automatically being reposted because Reddit collapses stickied posts and sometimes hides them, which prevents us from leaving one stickied post on the subreddit to explain things. Reddit: Fix your horrible UI design decision.)

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^(This post is a message … and part of a system of messages … pay attention to it! Sending this message was important to us.)

^(This subreddit is not a place of honor … no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here … nothing valued is here.)

^(What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.)

1 Comment
2024/04/04
21:00 UTC

177

🦀🦀 /r/dankmeme banned 🦀🦀

/r/dankmeme had absentee moderators. Half of the moderator accounts had been sitewide suspended.

4chan et al. figured out (by making more and more hateful posts and comments) that there were no moderators “awake” at r/dankmeme, and flooded it with hate speech.

One of our mods let the rest of us know, and we began to take action.

One of our mods made a RedditRequest post; one of the subreddit mods responded to that post to state that their good faith enforcement of Sitewide Rule 1 was overturned by “other mods”. https://ghostarchive.org/archive/2YRqA

We had documented a culture of hatred in the subreddit, down to their wiki page for their subreddit rules enforcement containing hate speech, last modified 4 years ago before SiteWide Rule 1 was put in.

Some posts that violated Sitewide Rule 1 had been flaired “Mod Approved”.

Formal Moderator Code of Conduct complaints were written and filed; reports on hate speech items made using https://reddit.com/report

Sub banned this morning.

In short: Subreddit operated by misfeasant and malfeasant subreddit “moderators” becomes a platform for hate speech. Submarined until the present day.

12 Comments
2024/03/29
16:15 UTC

60

Found a hate group on Reddit? Here’s what to do.

You found a subreddit that’s infested by a hate group - maybe even it’s being run by a hate group? Or any other Sitewide Rules violations?

Here’s what to do.

#Step 1: DO NOT PARTICIPATE

Don’t join, post, comment, or vote in the group. Reddit’s recommendation algorithm is simple: If you participate in a group, that group is important to you, and you willingly associated with that group.

To get Reddit to kick hate groups off the site, it’s super important that you do not associate with hate groups.

They rely on your participation to spread hate!

#Step 2: USE THE REPORT BUTTON

Report the hate speech. Every post and comment has a Report button attached to it - sometimes under a ‘…’ button.

If you’re using a browser, you can copy the URL of the post or comment and report it using this link

#Step 3: FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MODERATORS

A subreddit where people openly post racist slurs, use misogynist language, screech about asylum-seekers or immigrants, vomit antiSemitism or Islamophobia or abuse LGTBQ people?

There is no excuse for these things!

Reddit’s Moderator Code of Conduct tells subreddit moderators:

We also expect that moderators uphold Reddit’s Content Policy and abide by Reddit’s User Agreement (especially Section 8), as well as make a concerted effort to remove and report violating content in their communities.

… You should never create, approve, enable or encourage rule-breaking content or behavior.

… You have enough Mods to effectively and consistently manage your community.

When a subreddit has too few moderators to prevent hate speech from being posted to their community and the hate speech stays up - if the community doesn’t report hate speech (which happens because they approve of the hate speech) - if they don’t implement any of the standard Automoderator rules that are available (absolutely free of charge) in the Automoderator library, and don’t turn on the (absolutely free of charge) native Hate Speech Filters which Reddit offers -

These so-called “moderators” are enabling rule-breaking content and behavior.

Tell Reddit to take action on these hate subreddit operators! File a Moderator Code of Conduct Complaint!

Include links to posts or comments that contain hate speech! Point out any subreddit rules or the name of the subreddit if they contain hate speech! If their moderators are the ones who wrote the hate speech, point that out — with links to the places they wrote hate speech, inside that subreddit or outside that subreddit!

If someone is writing hate speech in one subreddit, they’re going to enable other people to write that hate speech in another subreddit they are supposed to moderate!

#Step 4: ONWARD AND UPWARD

Join a different community for the subject that you want to talk about! Reddit doesn’t have Official Communities for anything, and anyone can create and moderate a subreddit - so it’s always possible to find or make a group for your interests!

1 Comment
2024/03/28
18:05 UTC

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Full FAQ: How to report Hate Groups, NCIM, and CSAM. (& why there aren’t new posts here anymore)

Why did AHS exist?

AgainstHateSubreddits began its existence as a group to debunk hate groups’ talking points. This was done in the hopes that this would stop the hate - by debunking the conspiracy theory backgrounds that are used to justify hatred.

At the time, Reddit rarely enforced the few sitewide rules they had, and almost never kicked groups off the site. They were notorious for being hands-off on hate speech. So it was up to us, and us alone, as Reddit users and moderators, to fight hatred on Reddit.

They could be banned from good faith subreddits, but any of them could make their own hate group subreddits and populate them with other bigots. To them, subreddit rules meant nothing, the sitewide rules meant nothing, etc.

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As we grew, we collected academic research in psychiatry, sociology, anthropology, political science, computer science, and other fields (and direct experience here) showing that:

Bigots and trolls don’t care about the facts; They don’t care about the law, or the rules, or common decency, or compassion, or science, or respect, or other people’s truth or culture.

They only care about making themselves and their hatred the center of attention, violating boundaries, hurting others, tricking others, griefing others, and seizing control of politics & power.

All their talk of “Free Speech” is and was a lie; They only believe in freedom from consequences for them, for their speech. For them, the rules always protect them, and never restrain them - but always restrain others, and never protect others.

They’re sadists, sociopaths, narcissists, Machiavellian manipulators, paid political manipulators, and so forth. They can’t be persuaded, and if you knock down their narratives, they’ll either go full-on Holocaust denier / Flat Earther, or build back a weirder and more incomprehensible narrative justifying their hatred. Or embark on doxxing you and persuading people to try to murder you.

They didn’t arrive at their positions out of a process of reason.

And no amount of help that you hold out to them will help them escape their hateful worldview.

They have to want to help themselves.

It’s a curious game for them: You can’t win; You can’t break even - and they love these conditions.

However: You can quit their game.

And they hate that. Worse than anything else, they hate that. They’ll go into debt to the tune of $44 billion to murderous dictators to find ways to exploit your sunk costs and desires, to keep you from quitting their game, to shove their hate speech in your lives. They’ll lose their families, homes, and wealth; They’ll violate the law and burn down their legacies just to keep attacking the people they hate.

To that end: The best thing you can do is set and reinforce personal and community boundaries against hatred. Ban them from your communities, deplatform them, boycott their shitty wizard story movies, boycott platforms that welcome them or tolerate them. Take action to shut them out of your life and the lives of the people you care for.

Don’t debate or debunk them; It only helps amplify their hate speech. Worse still, it actively corrodes your ability to have empathy; It’s toxic to your soul and emotional well-being.

Kick them out of your lives.

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In 2015, CGP Grey published This Video Will Make You Angry, which describes a phenomenon later formalized as “The Oxygen of Amplification” by Whitney Phillips for Data & Society.

The message here is simple: Sometimes it’s necessary to talk about things which are “controversial”. Sometimes you gotta step up and do the hard thing and deal with bigots and their speech.

But it’s far more important to practice mental hygiene and scrub harmful thought germs out of your mind and living spaces - or they will grow to take them over, and never leave.

And the goal of opposing hate groups is that they’re gone, for good, for ever. That their targets and victims are allowed free, full lives without those parasites bullying them.

This presented a challenge to us in 2019: Reddit (at the time) hosted the largest white supremacist and Holocaust denial forums on the Internet, and showed almost no signs of being willing to take them down. The audiences of hate groups interfered with every other community on the platform and at times hijacked the platform itself, to push their virulent hatred onto the frontpage of the site every day for weeks by exploiting loopholes in moderation features.

So we stayed open, to criticize and to take action to frustrate hate groups. We stayed open to document just how bad it was.

In 2019 we discovered that some Reddit Trust & Safety employees had been exploring - beginning during Ellen Pao’s tenure as CEO - whether to ban hate groups from Reddit under the justification that hatred was a kind of specialized targeted harassment. It was speech used to make people leave the conversation.

We now know this was an effect deliberately leveraged in a conspiracy to attempt to harass all the anti-hatred subreddit moderators to leave the site, and let a horde of bigots run rampant on every discussion on every subreddit, install backdoors into moderator teams using “transparency” mod bots, and chase everyone that wasn’t a bigot off the site. To make Reddit into 8Chan, but with a large audience and large reach.

So in 2020 we pushed that message hard: That Freedom of Speech required Freedom of (and FROM) Association, that Free Speech required meaningful protections from the chilling effects of being met with violent and hateful threats at every turn, that it required tools and support for moderators to staunch the flood of hatespeech-spewing sockpuppets - and we won a major milestone: The Sitewide Rule Against Promoting Hatred Based on Identity or Vulnerability. Sitewide Rule 1. Summer 2020.

We continued to ask for a proper user-level block feature; blocking users on Reddit originally just stopped showing content authored by blocked individuals, and did not prevent them from interacting with the blocker. It didn’t establish a boundary. The new blocking feature establishes and reinforces personal boundaries - it is a technological access control that enforces a person’s right to Freedom of Association, including Freedom FROM Association, and helps prevent targeted harassment.

We also asked Reddit to make the Moderator Guidelines clear, so that misfeasant and malfeasant moderator teams couldn’t extort other moderators into allowing hate speech and violent threats under the threat that removing objectionable speech would cause them to lose their moderator privileges and/or subreddits.

We got that improvement to the Moderator Guidelines, with the Reddit Moderator Code of Conduct, which forbids Community Interference, and holds all operators of a subreddit accountable for the misfeasant and malfeasant actions of any of the operators of that subreddit, including neglectfully allowing the subreddit to be used to promote hatred.

Now, there are better, more comprehensive rules against Non-Consensual Intimate Media; NCIM Content is often used by bigots and harassers to extort, terrorise, or harm their victims and targets.

There are rules against CSAM - Child Sexual Abuse Material - which rules prohibit the sexualisation of minors in any way, in any context.

Ideologically Motivated Violent Extremist and Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremist groups have been documented to use CSAM to extort their targets, extort their victims, and to harass anti-hatred activists via attempts to frame them as possessing CSAM - a practice known as “Pedojacketing”.

All of these evils - these things which the rules prohibit - are made more harmful to their targets and their victims by openly documenting them happening. Pointing at a subreddit and saying “They’re sharing stolen nudes!”, or “they’re distributing child porn!” - these either wrongly slander the people operating the subreddit (if they aren’t as accused) or they help sex abusers locate one another and disseminate more of their sex abuse content (stolen nudes and CSAM).

Violent Extremists have previously set up subreddits to trumpet where to find NCIM, that given subreddits were distributing CSAM. Those subreddits were set up by the people engaging in distributing NCIM and CSAM, with the express purpose of making Reddit a worse place for everyone, to harm Reddit and Reddit users and communities. Now the rules prohibit them from doing so.

Reddit now has a native anti-harassment filter built in, available to all moderator teams, sitewide.

Reddit now has a native anti-hatespeech filter built in, available to all moderator teams, sitewide.

Reddit has AutoModerator, and a library of functional anti-hatespeech rules in the AutoModerator Library, available at r/automoderator.

And the Reddit Moderator Code of Conduct tells moderator teams to recruit a stable, active good faith moderation team - in sufficient numbers and activity to serve the moderation needs of their community.

And Reddit takes action, now, on misfeasant and malfeasant subreddit operators who harm the platform and other communities and society.

Bottom line:

There is no longer any reason, any excuse for any subreddit to platform any abusive material, for any subreddit to platform hate speech, any longer.

They don’t belong here - and you can take private action to ensure they’re kicked off and kept off the site.

Reddit now allows people to file private, anonymous reports on this content - reports filed in a way that prevents advertising the existence of abusive content to others, that prevents amplifying it.

In September 2023, Reddit, Inc. finally closed the loop and took responsibility for preventing abuse of their platform.

Now it’s up to all of us to hold them to their promises.

You can report individual posts and comments using the “Report” button on the item; You can use https://reddit.com/report; You can report user profiles that have abusive names or profile pictures or biographies; You can report entire subreddits and their moderator teams using a Formal Moderator Complaint (see below).

These reports aren’t public; They can’t be used by abusers to amplify their harms; They prevent amplifying harm to the abusers’ targets and victims. And - The abusers can’t target you for revenge or harassment for filing these reports.

If you find a subreddit that is promoting hatred, distributing Non-Consensual Intimate Media or Child Sexual Abuse Material, or even Community Interference with Other Subreddits

Report those subreddits: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=19300233728916

If you find a subreddit that is recreating a banned subreddit (Ban Evasion Subreddit):

Report that subreddit: https://support.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058315692-How-do-I-report-a-community-I-suspect-of-ban-evasion

Don’t post here about them. And don’t post elsewhere about them - doing so helps the abusers amplify their harms, and paints a target on you - and in the case of NCIM and CSAM, telling people where to find them is likely to be criminal.

Cut off the Oxygen of Amplification.

Report things to the Reddit Admins. Privately. Not Here.

If you’re leaving a hate group and need help to escape, Life After Hate has resources to help you

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^(Don’t modmail us asking to join or be approved to post. We’re remaining open as a warning, a library, of how bad it could be - (that you must kick the Nazis out of the bar, promptly, or it will become the Nazi bar) - and to push Reddit to deal with the few remaining misfeasant and malfeasant subreddit operator teams which are clearly targeting vulnerable demographics for hatred. And Just In Case something unforeseen happens.)

^(Instead of asking to post here: Go file some anonymous reports. And then go live life.)

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^(This post is automatically being reposted because Reddit collapses stickied posts and sometimes hides them, which prevents us from leaving one stickied post on the subreddit to explain things. Reddit: Fix your horrible UI design decision.)

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^(This post is a message … and part of a system of messages … pay attention to it! Sending this message was important to us.)

^(This subreddit is not a place of honor … no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here … nothing valued is here.)

^(What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.)

1 Comment
2024/03/26
21:01 UTC

31

Just a reminder your sub is inundated with bad actors

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2024/03/20
22:50 UTC

44

You're being targeted by disinformation networks that are vastly more effective than you realize. And they're making you more hateful and depressed.

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2024/03/20
22:49 UTC

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