Study finds Reddit’s controversial ban of its most toxic subreddits actually worked

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It seems like just the other day that Reddit finally banned a handful of its most hateful and deplorable subreddits, including r/coontown and r/fatpeoplehate. While the move was at the time derided by some as pointless, akin to shooing criminals away from one neighborhood only to trouble another. But a new study shows that, for Reddit at least, it has had lasting positive effects.

The policing of hate speech online has become a flashpoint for many a flamewar these past few months…

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