When talking to reporters on their new policy changes, Steve Huffman, the CEO of Reddit, confessed that this new change has been a bit of a challenge for him internally due to his beliefs in free speech. “I have to admit that I’ve struggled with balancing my values as an American, and around free speech and free expression, with my values and the company’s values around common human decency,” he said.
Reddit’s new policy begins with a first rule that requires users to literally consider humanity, writing “consider the human.” It reads: “Remember the human. Reddit is a place for creating community and belonging, not for attacking marginalized or vulnerable groups of people. Everyone has a right to use Reddit free of harassment, bullying, and threats of violence. Communities and people that incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned.”