One can sum up Reddit quite simply. You either love it, or you hate it, or if you’re like William Shatner, you hate to love it. Reddit a social news and entertainment website, in the past has been criticized for their tolerance of hateful messages, and lurking internet “trolls.” These trolls, who Shatner points out in a recent public statement, are the people known for posting inflammatory or off-topic remarks on the site.
Shatner, who has been a user of the site via his “Ask Me Anything” section has issued some harsh words for the site in regards to the tolerance of hateful or racist users.
Shatner writes about Reddit saying that he is:
“Appalled by some of the immature, horrifically racist, sexist, homophobic, ethnic, etc… posts that are just ignored here.” Shatner questions Reddit’s hands-off approach, writing that “the fact that someone could come here, debase and degrade people based on race, religion, ethnicity or sexual preference because ‘they have a right’ to do so without worry of any kind of moderation is sending the wrong message.”
How does Reddit get away with not trafficking their users? Freedom of speech, of course. In the wake of constant controversy concerning Reddit’s policies, the site’s terms of service was highlighted on the verge: “Subreddits are a free market. Anyone can create a subreddit and decide how it’s run.”
William Shatner continued to comment on his own about the controversy by adding:
“Reddit has been the first ‘mainstream’ site that I have been to that actually appears to allow racists and other hate mongers to group, congregate, incite and spread their hatred”
What do you think about William Shatner’s comments? Should the site be policed?