Reddit has begun banning pages that post content which "encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence" according to a change in the website's policy.
The change has already affected Nazi and Nazi-sympathizing forums, also known as subreddits. As of Wednesday afternoon, at least seven pages, including r/Nazi, r/pol, and r/EuropeanNationalism, have been taken down.
Site administrator "landoflobsters" wrote: "[W]e found that the policy regarding 'inciting' violence was too vague, and so we have made an effort to adjust it to be more clear and comprehensive. Going forward, we will take action against any content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people; likewise, we will also take action against content that glorifies or encourages the abuse of animals. This applies to ALL content on Reddit, including memes, CSS/community styling, flair, subreddit names, and usernames."
Following the deadly Charlottesville protest in August, in which white nationalists and allies clashed with counter-protesters, the social media platform banned subreddit r/Physical_Removal after user complaints.
In an email to the Washington Examiner, a Reddit spokesperson said communities and users who post content which incites violence or physical harm will be banned from the site, adding: "We strive to be a welcoming, open platform for all by trusting our users to maintain an environment that cultivates genuine conversation."