Some of Reddit’s most frequented and active subreddit communities are participating in a collective action this week to protest the platform’s hate speech policies and the current police brutality and racism crisis gripping the US.
The decision follows harsh criticism from former CEO Ellen Pao, who said on Twitter earlier this week that the company “monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long.” She also said Reddit should have long ago banned The_Donald, the controversial pro-Trump subreddit it quarantined last year for repeatedly violating its rules around hate speech and violent rhetoric.
Pao was specifically responding to a post current CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman posted on Monday, in which he said the Reddit community does “not tolerate hate, racism, and violence, and while we have work to do to fight these on our platform, our values are clear.”
Floyd’s death has sparked outrage worldwide and led to large-scale demonstrations in every US state and other cities overseas. The violent police and military response has in turn escalated the situation into a national crisis.
The r/NFL mods are specifically requesting Reddit implement a policy against bigotry and that it actively remove “heavy participants in hate subreddits through their main account and alternatives.” If the company won’t comply, the moderators say they “call for the resignation of Reddit leadership.”