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Reddit explicitly banned hate speech today, the culmination of a yearslong debate over the limits of acceptable speech on the self-proclaimed “front page of the internet.”


The first new rule expands on the oft-used “remember the human” guideline in the site’s “reddiquette,” and lays out that everyone has a right to use the platform “free of harassment, bullying​ and threats of ​violence​.”


Reddit previously barred content that “encourages or incites violence” or “threatens, harasses or bullies,” but had not explicitly banned hate speech and racism.


The change came as Reddit issued a new set of sitewide rules, to which each individual community—or subreddit—on the platform must abide.


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Another new rule specifically outlaws “spam and malicious attempts to interfere with other communities.”


In a media briefing Friday, Reddit co-founder and CEO Steve Huffman conceded that the site’s policies prevented users from “feeling safe and sharing their vulnerabilities.”


“I have to admit I have struggled with balancing my values as an American and around free speech and free expression with my values and the company’s values around common human decency,” Huffman told reporters. “Reddit’s mission is to bring community and belonging to everybody in the world.”


Reddit also banned /r/The_Donald, the controversial subreddit devoted to President Donald Trump which, for years, has been a hotspot for racism, misogyny and other hate speech.

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