As main social platforms grapple with an inflow of misinformation across the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Reddit is having its personal reckoning.
On Tuesday, Reddit added the subreddit r/Russia to its quarantine listing, proscribing the group from popping up in search outcomes and marking it with warning messages. The intermediate measure is similar step that Reddit took to rein in r/The_Donald, one of its most notorious poisonous communities, earlier than the subreddit ultimately earned a full ban.
Now, visiting r/Russia brings up a web page with the warning “This community contains a high volume of information not supported by credible sources.” While Reddit customers can nonetheless go to r/Russia by clicking via the warning, the message stays on the high of the web page.
The subreddit r/RussiaPolitics was additionally added to the quarantine listing and given the identical remedy. Mashable first reported the company’s actions against r/Russia, which boasted 265,000 members simply prior to the quarantine.
The day earlier than r/Russia was quarantined, posts pinned by its moderators had been accompanied by the tag “denazification” and a Ukrainian flag adopted by flames. Another pinned publish falsely accused Ukraine’s authorities of deliberately maximizing casualties, utilizing human shields and refusing negotiations.
According to Reddit, quarantine standing is designed to “prevent [a subreddit’s] content from being accidentally viewed by those who do not knowingly wish to do so, or viewed without appropriate context” — leaving a group accessible to the customers who had been already taking part however limiting its attain.
While r/Russia seems to have earned its quarantine by disseminating pro-Russia misinformation in regards to the invasion of Ukraine, one of its moderators additionally ran afoul of Reddit’s guidelines. Reddit famous that it “removed a moderator for acting in bad faith” and has related with the remaining mods to “remind them of our policies.” The firm declined to elaborate additional on the moderator’s conduct.
“We are clear in our policies that moderators and users may not attempt to manipulate and interfere with the conversations or communities on our platform,” a Reddit spokesperson informed TechCrunch.