Racism on Reddit

By Deane Barker on October 28, 2014

Hate Speech Is Drowning Reddit and No One Can Stop It: I was vaguely aware of this, but I don’t frequent many of the subs where this comes to light.

Reddit has a hate speech problem, but more than that, Reddit has a Reddit problem. A persistent, organized and particularly hateful strain of racism has emerged on the site. Enabled by Reddit’s system and permitted thanks to its fervent stance against any censorship, it has proven capable of overwhelming the site’s volunteer moderators and rendering entire subreddits unusable.

More and more, I think Reddit’s best days are behind it. The site has seemingly devolved into one big inside joke.  Stephen Colbert said much the same thing on the first episode of Slate’s new podcast, Working:

I read Reddit in the morning [pause] …which is not as useful as it used to be. I used to feel that it was more stories and less memes, photographic memes. Now it’s just been sort of consumed by Imgur photographic memes.