The infamous Donald Trump subreddit page is finally being quarantined by Reddit after the company observed "repeated rule-breaking behaviour'' in the community.
Reddit said it would crack down on the subreddit because it observed "an over-reliance on Reddit admins to manage users and remove posts" that violated the companies policies.
In a letter to the unpaid moderators of the r/The_Donald subreddit, which has been protested against for many years, the company wrote:
As we have discussed in the past, and as detailed in our content policy and moderator guidelines, we expect you to enforce against rule-breaking content
We recognise that you do remove posts that are reported, but we are troubled that violent content more often goes unreported, and worse, is upvoted.
Meanwhile, the members of the subreddit are accusing Reddit of suppressing their freedom of speech, while those opposing it have welcomed the decision to finally do something about it.
A spokesperson for Reddit responded to both parties, telling Mashable in a statement:
We are clear on our site-wide policies that posting content that encourages or threatens violence is not allowed on Reddit.
As we have shared, we are sensitive to what could be considered political speech, however, recent behaviours including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy.
The company shares that the quarantine is not an outright ban, but more of a warning for communities to watch what they do and say. It will also stop the subreddit from showing up in searches.