Reddit bans r/the_donald for a pattern of inciting hate speech

The_Donald was one of approximately 2,000 subreddits banned

Reddit said Monday that it had shut down a forum for supporters of President Donald Trump, as it announced an overhaul of its content policies.

"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".

Reddit also banned r/chapotraphouse, a community based around a political podcast of the same name. Huffman said of the 2,000 communities banned, a vast majority were inactive, with only 200 of them now having more than 10 active daily users.

Reddit has over 430 million average active monthly users, more than 130,000 active communities and is the fifth most-visited site in the United States, according to the company.

Twitch, the gaming platform owned by Amazon, said Trump's channel was suspended over rules violations and that the offending content was removed.

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"Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch", the company said in an emailed statement.

Reddit already dealt a major blow to the pro-Trump subreddit previous year by severely restricting its visibility and functionality over "repeated rule-breaking" through a process known as quarantining. The other was from a 2015 campaign rally that was recently reposted on Twitch, in which Trump said Mexico sends people to the US that are rapists and bring drugs to the country.

Chief Executive Steve Huffman said in a post that communities and users that promoted hate based on identity or vulnerability would be banned.

The Trump forum was banned because it too often hosted content that broke Reddit's rules, including encouraging violence, and "antagonized" the company. The other was of his rally in Tulsa earlier this month, when he hypothesized about a "very tough hombre" breaking into a woman's house.

Bezos, who during the 2016 presidential campaign offered to send Trump to space using his rocket venture, has generally refrained from responding to Trump's missives after he took office. Twitch is primarily a site where video gamers can livestream their games and chat with other users, though it also has channels focused on sports, music and politics.

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