Reddit, the hard-left online community populated by stoners and men/children playing video games in their parents' basements, announced Wednesday that it has banned the subreddit r/altright, citing the lamest of lame excuses -- that posters were guilty of "doxxing," which is the "posting of personal information."
“Reddit is the proud home to some of the most authentic conversations online,” a statement by the company said, according to the Daily Beast. “We strive to be a welcoming, open platform for all by trusting our users to maintain an environment that cultivates genuine conversation and adheres to our content policy.”
But the former moderator of the forum, known as "MortalSisyphus," said: "We knew this day was coming, so it comes as no surprise."
"This banned subreddit is merely one of many in a long history of political suppression on Reddit. We mods did what we could to follow the rules handed down to us, but obviously no subreddit can be water-tight, and there will always be those rare cases which give plausible deniability for transparent censorship. Whatever excuse the admins give for the banning, it is clear to all this is another case of heretical views and opinions being stifled.
"But the admins are playing a losing game of whack-a-mole here. The internet is (at least currently) a free, open, anonymous, uncontrolled platform for individuals of every stripe and persuasion to speak their mind and grow as part of a community. The more the established political institutions try to maintain the status quo and marginalize us, the more they will drive free-thinking, independent lovers of truth to our side."
The self-annointed "front page of the internet" skews hard left, past Hillary Clinton all the way to Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was embraced throughout the presidential primaries. Populated by cat pictures and praise for any report that says marijuana poses no risk for anyone who smokes a hundred bong hits a day, the site often takes actions against any posters who think differently (read: conservative).
The Daily Beast reached another subreddit moderator, Bill Simpson, who said the forum was “banned without notification or justification.”
“So much for leftist tolerance. Our moderator team enforced stricter standards of behavior than reddit requires, and our users were very prompt at reporting violations so we could ban violators and delete posts and comments that broke the rules,” he added.Additionally, Simpson claimed that the subreddit was banned because of its recent “record monthly traffic.”“It's clear that Reddit banned us because we were becoming very popular and spreading inconvenient truths about who's ruining our country and robbing our children of a future,” Simpson said.“The AltRight represents tens of millions of decent White Americans who want their neighborhoods, schools, institutions, and country back. We are the decent people and we will no longer tolerate the anti-White establishment or be denied an identity.”
The move came just a day before students at University of California at Berkley protested a speech by a young, gay conservative, shattering the windows of the Martin Luther King, Jr. building on the first day of Black History Month (oh, the irony).
President Trump weighed in on that protest: "If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?" he said on Twitter.
No word on whether Trump will do an AMA on reddit, perhaps on the fan subreddit, "The_Donald."