Growing up, Laura had a tumultuous relationship with her parents, in particular her mother, who was emotionally abusive. As an adult, she would weep after every one of her mom’s visits, and in January, she began distancing herself, seeking advice through Reddit support groups for people in similar situations.
Laura — who, like others in this article, has been granted anonymity due to the sensitivity of their stories — came across a subreddit called r/MomForAMinute. It was through this 140,000-member community that she found online what had evaded her IRL: a caring family.
On r/MomForAMinute, people post thoughts that they…
In June, Reddit took a step toward scrubbing anti-trans material off its platform when it banned the popular r/GenderCritical subreddit, which promoted trans-exclusionary radical feminism (TERF) ideology. But now, according to a recent Atlantic story, the anti-trans group has spread to other websites and metastasized.
Members of the banned subreddit have since created their own community called Ovarit, a forum similar to other “free speech” websites that permit hate speech, misinformation, and content otherwise prohibited by mainstream platforms like Reddit and Facebook.
Reporter Kaitlin Tiffany spoke to one of Ovarit’s creators, a 27-year-old engineer named Mary Kate Fain who says…
On Monday, Reddit banned thousands of subreddits including The_Donald, a conservative community of nearly 800,000 members accused of inciting violence, spreading white supremacist propaganda, and other repeat offenses since its creation in 2015. The takedown marked Reddit’s latest push to curb hate speech on the platform, and The_Donald was a ripe target for moderation.
But while the community was purged from Reddit, its members have been relocating to an alternate website for months now, suggesting that users were expecting the ban — and serving as a reminder that “deplatforming” is only so useful.
Reddit announced today that it is banning more than 2,000 subreddits, including The_Donald and ChapoTrapHouse, which regularly host and upvote discriminatory “rule-breaking content,” according to the company. Together, the two subreddits are used by nearly 1 million members.
The move to shut down these 2,000 subreddits is part of a broader effort to address discrimination on the platform largely targeted at minority groups. Of the subreddits banned on Monday, only 200 have more than 10 daily users. …
Reddit’s r/SkincareAddiction board is one of the largest online communities dedicated to skin care. It has 1 million members and hosts more than 1,000 new posts per day, ranging from discussions about skin care routines, requests for advice, and “shelfies,” in which users post pictures of their impressively well-stocked medicine cabinets full of skin care products.
It is, by and large, a positive, well-meaning community. Yet according to research and dermatology experts, too much time and energy spent thinking about perceived flaws on one’s body can get unhealthy quick. One recent post on the subreddit makes this tragically clear.
Reddit is testing a new live broadcasting feature, called Public Access Network (RPAN). The company has only tested the feature a handful of times with the public, but it has already created a grassroots community of content creators devoid of the coercive incentives of monetization.
In December 2017, Bryce Gordon was a 20-year-old college student in Bellingham, Washington, when he realized he needed to radically change how he lived his life. He was spending way too much time online.
Most days, he’d return from classes to his apartment, crack open his laptop, and spend the rest of his evening on the internet, browsing Twitter, 4chan, Facebook, and Wikipedia. Sometimes he woke up in the morning still wearing his clothes from the day before, his laptop screen the only source of light in his bedroom. He stopped folding laundry or cooking himself meals. …
Let’s face it: Reddit has always been a little controversial.
Seen as a sort of ideological meeting ground between Tumblr and the sorts of people who frequent the more unsavory parts of 4chan, the Reddit community (if one so fractured can even be called as such) has garnered a nice reputation for itself as a frustratingly contradictory group of like-minded individuals who are painfully aware of their own faults — but refuse to do anything about them.
While many events in Reddit’s past showcase this, none of them hammer the point home quite as well as the burning of Notre…