Reddit has placed the pro-President Trump subreddit site The_Donald on quarantine after claiming there have been violations in the term of services that have included "threats of violence against police and public officials."
When reddit.com users seek to access the subreddit, a screen now pops up that says, "Are you sure you want to view this community?"
"This community is quarantined," the screen says. "It is restricted due to significant issues with reporting and addressing violations of the Reddit Content Policy. Most recently the violations have included threats of violence against police and public officials."
"As a visitor or member, you can help moderators maintain the community by reporting and downvoting rule-breaking content. Are you certain you want to continue?" the screen says.
Reddit officials say that violations have included threats against the police and public officials in Oregon after police were dispatched to bring state lawmakers in to vote on contentious legislation. But one moderator of the subreddit sought to explain to its more than 750,000 subscribers what has been going on.
"Rule 1 Violence and What it Means: Help us help you," the moderator wrote.
As everyone knows by now, we were quarantined without warning for some users that were upset about the Oregon Governor sending cops to round up Republican lawmakers to come back to vote on bills before their state chambers. None of these comments that violated Reddit's rules and our Rule 1 were ever reported to us moderators to take action on. Those comments were reported on by an arm of the DNC and picked up by multiple news outlets.
This may come as a shock to many of you here as we have been very pro law enforcement as long as I can remember, and that is early on in r/The_Donald's history. We have many members that are law enforcement that come to our wonderful place and interact because they feel welcome here. Many are fans of President Trump and we are fans of them. They put their lives on the line daily for the safety of our communities. To have this as a reason for our quarantine is abhorrent on our users part and we will not stand for it. Nor will we stand for any other calls for violence.
Going Forward: We have a limited amount of moderators and do thousands of actions a day on things that are reported. Our mods work hard and work for free for the love of our President and this community. We can not go into threads and read every single comment. That is where we need you to come in and help. If you see something that breaks the rules, report it and hit that deport button. The rest of Reddit and many on the left would like to see us gone. They won't hit that report button. They will see it and send it to the media or admins. Don't give them that satisfaction, report it to us and we will take care of it. We have documented cases where they actually will instigate it with alts that we catch and report those.
If you make a comment that breaks the violence rule, you will be banned just like a shill because after this warning, only shills will be doing it to try and get us banned.
The moderator also noted what the Reddit rules say: "Do not post content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people; likewise, do not post content that glorifies or encourages the abuse of animals. We understand there are sometimes reasons to post violent content (e.g., educational, newsworthy, artistic, satire, documentary, etc.) so if you’re going to post something violent in nature that does not violate these terms, ensure you provide context to the viewer so the reason for posting is clear."
Quarantined subreddits can still be accessed by anyone who wants to see them, but they cannot generate revenue.
Reddit is the sixth most-visited website in the U.S. and No. 21 in the world. The site, now owned by Advance Publications, is basically a massive online bulletin board in which users — anonymous or otherwise — join forums and communities of like interest.