SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — An announcement that Reddit will start banning harassing subreddits sparked an internet-wide debate on Thursday and had some Redditors threatening to leave the site.
"Today we are removing five subreddits that break our reddit rules based on their harassment of individuals," read the announcement, which Reddit moderators posted on Wednesday.
The five banned subreddits are r/FatPeopleHate, r/hamplanethatred, r/transf**s, r/neof** and r/shitN*****sSay. Of the five banned sites, the only one with more than 5,000 subscribers was r/FatPeopleHate, which focused on shaming overweight people by posting pictures of them. The subreddit had roughly 150,000 subscribers, according to an archive of the discussion board.
Some redditors lashed out at Reddit for its decision.
"Silly admins," wrote Redditor Newtothelyte. "Don't you understand your userbase?"
Visitors to the so-called "front page of the internet" can now report hateful subreddits and ask they be taken down.
"Ultimately, we hope to have less involvement, but right now, we know we need to do better and to do more," the statement said.
About 650,000 subreddits exist, according to the Verge.