- Reddit has banned the misogynistic forum Incel in an effort to crack down on content on the site promoting violence.
- Incel has long been a problematic forum on the site, with members glorifying rape and violence against women.
On Tuesday, Reddit banned Incel, a group whose members have advocated rape, from its site as a part of its promise to crack down on content promoting and glorifying violence against individuals or groups.
Incel has long constituted a problematic corner of the internet as a thriving platform for men who describe themselves as “involuntary celibates” to promote rape and violence against women. The forum, which was estimated to have as many as 40,000 members, endorsed misogynistic speech and violent figures like the gunman who killed six people in Santa Barbara, California, in 2014 after writing a 140-page manifesto advocating violence against women. The gunman, Elliot Rodger, was often referred to on the site as “Saint Elliot.”
Reddit’s move to shut down the forum is a part of its larger efforts to maintain the site as a welcome and opening platform. In October, Reddit announced that it would start shutting down any groups or content on the site that encourage and incite violence and followed up by immediately banning subreddits like r/NationalSocialism, r/Nazi, and r/Far_Right.