In its description, the community described itself as a “support group for non-romantic and sexual relationships”. In fact, /r/Incels (“Incel” for “involuntary celebate”) was filled with misogynistic remarks and even incitement to rape.
It was enough to spend some time on this community to find that a lot of dangerous content was there, as evidenced by these screenshots made by Mashable.
“Females will use any situation to attract attention whore”.
“The logic” Incel “: a chubby girl is literally worse than a rape”. “The” incels “should have the right to drug and rape women”. “The” incels “think that rape is an invented concept”.
Words of great violence, condemned by the site that was responsible for closing the community “Incel” on November 7.
One of the site’s spokespersons told The Guardian: “Communities focused on these topics and users who post such content will be banned from the site.” As of November 7, r/Incels no longer exists because the Subreddit has broken these rules, Reddit is home to some of the most authentic conversations on the internet, and we aspire to be a welcoming and open platform for users to maintain an environment that cultivates these kinds of conversations. ”
Having been rather cautious about moderating topics in the past, Reddit is increasingly uncompromising towards its communities. At the end of last October, the social network banned several subreddits from neo-Nazis and white supremacists for “content that encourages, glorifies, incites or calls for violence or physical damage against an individual or a group of people”.
Since the scandal of the “Pizzagate” in December 2016, Reddit is less and less hesitant to get involved as moderator of his community. This is reminiscent of the similar situation currently underway on the French side, with the forum “18-25” of the site jeuxvideo.com.