Reddit Quarantines Pro-Trump Message Board, Citing Threats to Police Officers

Reddit said it restricted access Wednesday to “The_Donald,” a controversial subreddit frequented by some supporters of President Trump, after some of its members posted threats against police officers. Reddit’s policies prohibit content that “encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm.” The company “quarantined” the The_Donald forum after Media Matters published a story […]

YouTube Finally Bans Supremacist Videos After 14 Years. What Took So Long?

YouTube says it’s now banning videos that include hate speech or promote supremacist views–a move that comes 14 years after the site’s inception and hundreds of millions of videos have been posted. The ban covers videos that suggest one group of people is superior over another based on factors including race, gender, age, or sexual […]

User-Reported Twitter Violations Jumped 19%—but the Number of Accounts Punished Dropped

Despite Twitter’s ongoing promises that it’s working to make its social network a safer place, the company punished just under 6% of the accounts users flagged for abusive or hateful content, or violent threats during the second half of 2018. The information comes from Twitter’s latest transparency report, released Thursday. The biannual report provides data […]

Twitter Reports Decline in Abusive Content and Promises New Rules to Combat Bad Actors

Twitter says that it’s getting better at finding and removing abusive tweets–a problem that has long plagued the social network. On Tuesday, Twitter said it had suspended three times more abusive users within 24 hours of them being reported, compared to the same time last year. Between January and March, the company suspended 100,000 accounts […]

Congress Learns A Lesson About Internet Hate In Real Time

Call it out and they will come. This was the painful lesson learned yesterday, as YouTube moderators were forced to disable comments on the House Judiciary Committee’s livestreamed congressional hearing on online hate. The hearing itself had turned into an object lesson in online hate. Before the session had even begun, hateful comments began pouring […]

5 Things to Know About Facebook’s New Ban on White Nationalism

Facebook will ban content that supports white nationalism and separatism as it tries clean up its social network. The company, which announced the new policy on Wednesday, has come under pressure for allowing hate groups to share content on its network. Most recently, the social network faced intense criticism for recently hosting a livestream of […]

Facebook Announces Ban on Posts Praising ‘White Nationalism’ and ‘White Separatism’

Facebook announced a ban on posts praising, supporting, or representing white nationalism and white separatism Wednesday, expanding a policy that previously only targeted white supremacy. “It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services,” Facebook said in a blog post, adding that white nationalism and […]