Reddit bans pro-Trump forum in hate-speech crackdown

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday

Reddit and Twitch became the latest social media companies to ban or suspend pro-Donald Trump accounts over hate speech on Monday, further isolating Facebook in its reluctance to enforce content rules against the United States president's hateful and violent rhetoric.

Reddit also banned r/chapotraphouse, a community based around a political podcast of the same name.

The site said it was banning about 2,000 subreddits, the majority of which were inactive.

Reddit's new content policy specifically bans promoting hate based on identity or vulnerability, and calls for posts to be personal and authentic to prevent spam. The second asks subreddit admins to abide by "community rules" and "post with authentic, personal interest".

Twitch, the streaming video platform popular among gamers, temporarily suspended Trump's own channel on Monday for violating its policy against "hateful conduct".

The company says hate speech, as well as violent and racial injustice content need to be eradicated from the sites.

"To be clear, views across the political spectrum are allowed on Reddit - but all communities must work within our policies and do so in good faith, without exception".

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Huffman also said Reddit should have moved sooner to restrict access to r/The_Donald, which it "quarantined" previous year, citing threats of violence against police and public officials.

"Ultimately, it's our responsibility to support our communities by taking stronger action against those who try to weaponize parts of Reddit against other people", Chief Executive Officer Steve Huffman said.

The longtime pro-Trump subreddit used by "has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average, antagonized us and other communities, and its (moderators) have refused to meet our most basic expectations", Reddit added.

The second violation, cited by Twitch, referred to a portion of Trump's recent rally in Tulsa, Okla., where he outlined a scenario of "a very tough hombre" breaking into a sleeping woman's house at night.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A company spokesperson said the channel violated its rules by rebroadcasting a video of Trump's 2015 event kicking off his presidential candidacy, in which he referred to Mexican immigrants as "rapists".

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