Reddit's CEO is okay with racism on platform because of free speech


  • When a user on the popular online platform asked if racism violated the site's policies, CEO Steve Huffman said such speech is allowed.

  • Huffman said: "On Reddit, the way in which we think about speech is to separate behavior from beliefs. This means on Reddit there will be people with beliefs different from your own, sometimes extremely so."

  • It's unclear if Huffman's views reflect the company's as a whole.

  • Huffman did clarify that threats of violence are not permissible. They had to step in when neo-Nazis were using the site to incite violence. This led to them banning related community pages and updating their rules.

  • In 2015, the site had to ban a racist subreddit dedicated to hate speech and violence against black people.

  • Unlike Reddit, many other online sites and forums are cracking down on hate speech.

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