Social media platform Reddit adopted new rules against “hate speech” that discriminate against certain people based on their race, gender, religion, and other characteristics.
Reddit seems to be the first tech company to do so openly, though theres evidence that other companies have done so surreptitiously.
Reddit used to have no hate speech policy. The platform was based on the concept that individual communities (subreddits) largely set their own rules and police themselves.
On June 29, Reddit announced that it has adopted a site-wide policy against “Promoting Hate Based on Identity or Vulnerability.”
“Communities and people that incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned,” the rules say.
“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 catch is, Reddit gets to determine which races, religions, and gender are “marginalized or vulnerable” and which are not.
“While the rule on hate protects such groups, it does not protect all groups or all forms of identity,” the rule says. “For example, the rule does not protect groups of people who are in the majority or who promote such attacks of hate.”
Reddit didnt respond to a request for clarification on what race, gender, and religion it considers to be the “majority.”
Last year, Reddit received a $150 million investment from Chinese tech giant Tencent. The news sparked concerns of incoming censorship among its users.
Theres evidence that other internet companies have adopted similar measures.
Last year, then-head of Googles Responsible Innovation Team, Jen Gennai, was recorded on a secret camera as saying that she was working on addressing “fairness” in Google algorithms.
A leaked internal document said that algorithmic “unfairness” related to “unjust or prejudicial treatment that is related to sensitive characteristics such as race, income, sexual orientation, or gender, though algorithmic systems or algorithmically aided decision-making.”
But Gennai made clear her job was to bring “fairness” only to certain people, based on whether they belong to a group Google deems “historically marginalized.”
“Communities who are in power and have traditionally been in power are not who Im solving fairness for,” she was recorded as saying.
Last week, a former Facebook content moderator revealed that the moderators were told to enforce the social media companys content policies selectively to allow “Hate Speech” against white people under certain circumstances.
Reddit seems to be the first company to openly spell out discrimination based on race and other characteristics in its policies.
“Like Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram, Reddit has adopted a policy … that includes only those minorities recognized by the left, while excluding those whom the left attacks, as well as exonerating the leftist hatred for the white majority and the ideological opponents of leftism,” commented Michael RRead More – Source