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    ‘Coincidence?’ Reddit ‘Quarantines’ Pro-Trump Forum Ahead of 1st Democratic Debate

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    “The_Donald” subreddit, which numbers at least 755,000 subscribers, remains one of the biggest online forums for Trump supporters. The forum describes itself as “a never-ending rally dedicated to the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump”.

    Access to a major forum for US President Donald Trump’s supporters on the social media site Reddit has been restricted due to alleged threats of violence against authorities.

    “Recent behaviours including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy. As a result, we have actioned individual users and quarantined the [‘The_Donald’] subreddit,” a Reddit spokesperson said in a statement.

    Reddit specifically responded to threats made by the subreddit’s users against Oregon police officers, who were ordered by the state’s Democratic governor Kate Brown to forcibly round up Republican Senators who fled Oregon to prevent contentious climate change legislation from being passed.

    One of the subreddit’s several moderators nicknamed shadowman3001 challenged the decision by suggesting that the move was motivated by politics rather than content guidelines.

    “It would seem they've set up an impossible standard as a reason to kill us before the 2020 election” he claimed.

    Others affiliated with the subreddit as well as the Twitter user @CarpeDonktum pointed to the fact that Reddit’s move came hours ahead of the first Democratic presidential primary debate.

    “Coincidence? Absolutely not. A community of over 700,000 Patriots ... suddenly silenced…,” he tweeted.

    The developments come after Trump accused social media platforms such as Twitter of being “totally biased toward Democrats”.

    “What they did to me on Twitter is incredible, I have, you know, millions and millions of followers, but they make it very hard for people to join me on Twitter,” he told Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo on Wednesday.



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