Reddit in a message to moderators on The_Donald, a site for followers of President Trump, has warned against messages promoting “vigilantism” against the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment probe.
The site was quarantined by Reddit in June after users posted violent threats against public officials.
Hardline Trump supporters have long posted memes and messages on the site, as well as sharing conspiracy theories and racist messages.
Conservatives have in recent weeks posted the name of an official they claim is the whistleblower, and tech giants including Facebook and YouTube have pledged to remove references to the individual.
Business Insider has been unable to verify the accuracy of claims about the whistleblower’s identity, and is therefore not sharing the name being circulated.
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Reddit in a message to users of The_Donald subreddit, where hardline supporters of the president gather to post memes and vent their grievances, has warned them against inciting “vigilantism” against the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment probe.
In a message to the group’s moderators, who have a role in enforcing the site’s policies, Reddit said that “posts that do nothing more than attempt to focus mob attention on this alleged individual cross a line” and that there had recently been a “dramatic rise” in such posts.
You can see the full message below:
In comments under the warning, users of the subreddit criticized the warning.
“How can we harass someone that we don’t know? Also, how does the constant drivel spewing on the other subs against POTUS constantly not targeted harassment then?” commented one user.
Reddit did not immediately respond to a request from Business Insider on the warning, which was first reported by CNN.
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