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So, this is the community a lot of Reddit users fled to in protest after the subreddit dedicated to harassing fat people was closed?
What a lovely place it must be.
Yeah, Voat is where the newly banned subreddits are popping up again. It's a disgusting place.
I think a lot of people "fled" to Voat not simply because "the subreddit dedicated to harassing fat people was closed" but that other hateful subreddits like coontown and SRS were not.
It's not easy to define what harassment is in a lot of cases, but whilst I'm not going to mourn fatpeoplehate, I am totally put off by nebulous and inconsistent rules about where harassment begins and ends.
The problem with FPH is that they legitly harassed people and their mods actively encouraged it. This harassment included brigading people's twitter and youtube profiles, which is not only against reddit's own rules, but can be against the law in some areas. This is not really a problem with the subs you listed, despite their content being similar. Do notice that subs like fatpeoplelogic are still active, which does not witchhunt people.
I seem to recall FPH enforcing a NP link standard in addition to having harassment/brigading rules. Can you back up the claim that FPH mods "actively encouraged legitimate harassment"?
Here are some examples in an article from Vox. You can search subs like SRD for a more indepth view.
Other than a quote from Pao about banning harassing subreddits when "moderators don’t take action" I don't see anything in the Vox article about moderators "actively encouraging harassment"; I'm skeptical if this was ever the case.
In a time where automoderator is built into reddit and default configs are posted by the plenty, failure to prevent witch hunts is either willful negligence or direct malice. Before the ban, I can guarantee you the admins messaged them on multiple occasions. I know this to be true because the sub I moderate always get admin messages when we're doing something detrimental(often times, crashing reddit every sunday between September and February).
"SRS" and "hateful" in the same sentence
Let's not gloss over the sexualized minors and child porn being distrubuted on Voat.
How quickly people forget the /r/jailbait fiasco…
Congrats to the PR folk at Reddit though, they've done a brilliant job at painting over the fact it's basically the anus of the internet, pretty much just 4chan wearing a fedora and carrying a copy of the God Delusion.
Don't really see how it was any different than most of Reddits content, cringepics is the exact same thing and both subs had the same censorship rules. Yet cringepics and /r/coontown get to stay…
Let's not pretend for a minute that most of Reddit isn't a pretty awful place
Certainly not defending the fat hate bit, just pointing out the exact same content makes up many popular parts of the site why stop at one sub burn cringepics etc down too if it truly is a "safe space" you want
It's every bit as rotten as you imagine. An unusually high amount of vitriolic people end up there as their last resort once their hate-communities are closed on other social media platform. Once there, they cry and meow about "free speech" even while censoring people who disagree with them by gaming Voat's terminally broken rule system through brigading.
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