You Can’t Stay Here: The Efficacy of Reddit’s 2015 Ban Examined Through Hate Speech

Hate speech and racial bias is a current pressing issue, and is even more of a problem online where users can hide behind anonymity. In 2015, reddit closed several subreddits, in particular r/fatpeoplehate and r/CoonTown due to violations of Reddit’s anti-harassment policy. This article examines the implications of this ban. The main finding: Closing hate subreddits shuts down haters. The ban worked for reddit: More accounts than expected discontinued using the site; those that stayed drastically decreased their hate speech usage by at least 80% and the problem was not inherited by other subreddits.


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