Reddit reports 18% drop in hateful content after banning nearly 7,000 subreddits | Tech News

Reddit reports 18% drop in hateful content after banning nearly 7,000 subreddits

Considerably less hateful content on Reddit shows that its new stance on hate speech is working.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 22:29 IST
According to Reddit, 48% of all the hateful content on the site targeted users’ ethnicity or nationality, 16% attacked class or political affiliation, 12% targeted sexuality, 10% gender, 6% religion and 1% targeted ability.
According to Reddit, 48% of all the hateful content on the site targeted users’ ethnicity or nationality, 16% attacked class or political affiliation, 12% targeted sexuality, 10% gender, 6% religion and 1% targeted ability. (Bloomberg)

Earlier this year in June Reddit pushed a huge campaign to remove hateful content from its site and started blocking all communities that engaged in hate speech and harassment. The platform has shared an update on its progress so far and says that it has banned nearly 7,000 subreddits, these include repeat offenders, and that has resulted in an 18% drop in hateful content being posted on the site.

Reddit user u/worstnerd, who is a part of the platform's Safety team said that while they would like the number to be 100%, they are encouraged to by the progress.

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Reddit has been extensively criticised for tolerating racist and misogynist content in the past with its executives defending it in support of free speech.
Reddit has been extensively criticised for tolerating racist and misogynist content in the past with its executives defending it in support of free speech. (Reddit)
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Reddit has been extensively criticised for tolerating racist and misogynist content in the past with its executives defending it in support of free speech. (Reddit)
Just before Reddit started banning subreddits in June, the platform said that approximately 40,000 potentially hateful pieces of content were shared every day making up around 0.2% of the daily content.
Just before Reddit started banning subreddits in June, the platform said that approximately 40,000 potentially hateful pieces of content were shared every day making up around 0.2% of the daily content. (Reddit)
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Just before Reddit started banning subreddits in June, the platform said that approximately 40,000 potentially hateful pieces of content were shared every day making up around 0.2% of the daily content. (Reddit)

Reddit called these figures preliminary and said that it will be sharing more detailed data in the future and added that collecting such information is very challenging at scale.

“Additionally, people are weirdly creative about how to be mean to each other. They evolve their language to make it challenging for outsiders (and models) to understand,” wrote u/worstnerd.

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First Published Date: 21 Aug, 09:48 IST
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