The scandal led to wider criticisms concerning the website's moderation, from and.
Critics of Reddit's position argued at the time that it had not been consistent in following its free speech philosophy.
Members are structured according to a strict hierarchy with moderators called Ruthless Strategists being on top, community is prioritised over the individual and members are advised against speaking with journalists which has been described as -like.
For instance, users would make reference to , an execution method used by.
The subreddit was quarantined in September 2018, at which point it had over 400,000 subscribers.
Content on the subreddit was often racist, homophobic and transphobic in nature.