Over 100 moderators call on Reddit to take action against Covid-19 misinformation

Calling on a ban for dangerous subreddits.

In a lengthy Reddit post, originally posted on r/Vaxxhappened, moderators are criticizing Reddit for not taking stronger action to curb misinformation, calling on them to take stronger ownership over their website.

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One of the main criticisms of the post is the existence of subreddits with the sole purpose of spreading misinformation. It only takes a few clicks to find one of these communities falsely railing against everything from vaccines to mask use. “Subreddits which exist solely to spread medical disinformation and undermine efforts to combat the global pandemic should be banned.”

There are currently over 100 subreddit communities involved in this virtual protest, including some of Reddit’s largest (over 10 million subscribers), like r/aww, r/dataisbeautiful, r/lifeprotips, and more.

With over 51 million active users every single day, Reddit is one of the most popular websites on the internet. Many believe the inaction of the site’s administrators is a valid criticism. After promising to take steps to reduce misinformation, a year of lacklustre implementation has pushed users over the edge.

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“The disinformation and false information are manifold. There is no area of recognized safety procedures when it comes to battling the spread of a dangerous virus that is not under attack here. All empirically proven measures which can help save lives are under attack.”

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