Reddit bans anti-vaccine subreddit r/NoNewNormal after site-wide protest
- Reddit has banned anti-vaccine and anti-mask subreddit r/NoNewNormal and has ‘quarantined’ 54 other subreddits associated with COVID denialism.
- This follows last week’s rejection of a call to ban coronavirus misinformation in favour of “dissent”, open discussion and debate by Reddit CEO, Steve Huffman.
- The subreddit r/NoNewNormal was reported by the Reddit community as a source of vaccine misinformation and was accused of interfering with other subreddit’s discussions about COVID or related policies.
- For the 54 other subreddits that have been quarantined, Reddit warns potential visitors that medical advice should come from doctors rather than forum members.
- Before Reddit’s ban, many of Reddit’s most popular subreddits have been going private and hiding their posts from people who aren’t subscribed to them to protest the company’s inaction.
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