Reddit has closed down several extremist forums after updating its policy regarding violent content.
Reddit’s new policy says: “Do not post content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people.” One legal expert has said the policy may be difficult to enforce.
The updated policy notes that violent content may sometimes be posted as part of educational, newsworthy or artistic material but adds that the context and reason for posting such content should be made clear. Material that glorifies or encourages the abuse of animals, such as bestiality, is also now being removed.
However, Reddit has sometimes allowed material that would commonly be banned on mainstream social media sites.
The new crackdown suggests the site is trying to position itself as a more mainstream business, said legal expert Prof Eric Heinze of Queen Mary, University of London.