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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Reddit and Twitch stood up for the civil rights of their users to enjoy their services without being subjected to hate or harassment today when they announced a new anti-hate policy and banned about 2,000 subreddits, including r/The_Donald, which for years has been a major purveyor of white supremacy and hate. The following is statement for David Brody, counsel and senior fellow at the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

“Reddit and Twitch deserve praise for taking a stand against hate and defending the civil rights of their users. Just as no one is above the law, no one should get special dispensation from social media companies to promote hatred, incite race-based violence or interfere with the right to vote. Major public figures such as the president of the United States should be held to a higher standard, not a lower one.”


Twitch also has temporarily banned President Donald Trump for violating its community guidelines prohibiting hate speech.

Online businesses that serve the general public, such as social media companies, have a legal duty to prevent discrimination on their platforms—including hateful acts that chill the speech of marginalized communities. All users have the legal right to equally enjoy the services of these companies without being targeted on the basis of their race, religion, sex, or other protected characteristics.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is a founding member of the Change the Terms coalition and has led advocacy to combat online white supremacy and protect online civil rights through its Digital Justice Initiative.