Months Before Reddit Purge, The_Donald Users Created a New Home

TheDonald.win mimics Reddit’s look and feel, minus the threat of so-called censorship

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Elsewhere on the website, commenters have used racist, homophobic, and transphobic language.

Last June, The_Donald was placed under quarantine by Reddit administrators for encouraging violence against police officers and public officials. Reddit slapped a warning on the subreddit and required visitors to opt in before accessing content. The company says it “worked in good faith to help them preserve the community,” but eventually removed a number of The _Donald’s moderators who “generally [supported] content in this subreddit that breaks our content policy.” This February, the subreddit was also put into “restricted mode,” which prevented most users from creating new posts. Since then, The_Donald has remained largely inactive.

Some suggest bypassing these filters by using non-standard Unicode characters to spell out the domain, or even by redirecting links such as “Bidenforpresident.win” to the new website.

OneZero reached out to TheDonald.win in an email to its support address but did not immediately hear back.

Staff writer at OneZero covering social platforms, internet communities, and the spread of misinformation online. Previously: VICE

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