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Nearly two months after Reddit made changes to its hate speech policies, including banning the pro-Trump subreddit r/The_Donald, along with 2,000 other subreddit groups and users, it says it's already seeing a lot less hate speech on its platform.

Why it matters: Reddit has for years faced intense scrutiny for its hands-off policies on hate speech. The recent protests around racial justice finally pushed it to make changes to its rules this summer.

By the numbers: There has been an 18% reduction in users posting hateful content when compared to the two weeks prior to the ban, Reddit says, noting that the banned subreddits were viewed by approximately 365,000 users each day prior to their bans.

  • Before the new policies, it says potentially hateful pieces of content amounted to 0.2% of total content posted each day — most of which was left in comments.
  • It notes that there were far fewer people who actually viewed that content. Prior to the ban, potentially hateful content amounted to about 0.16% of total views.
  • Overall, about 8% of potentially hateful content is reported each day, while 30% of potentially hateful content is removed, mostly by Reddit moderators and its artificial intelligence tool called AutoModerator.

Reddit also released data about what types of people hate speech typically targets on Reddit, with ethnicity and nationality being the biggest target (48%).

  • It is followed by political affiliation and class (16%), sexuality (12%), gender (10%) and religion (6%).

Worth noting: Reddit cautions that this is a preliminary study and that hate speech is constantly evolving to avoid moderation.

  • "[P]eople are weirdly creative about how to be mean to each other," a Reddit administrator said in a blog post.

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TikTok removes more than 380,000 videos in U.S. for violating hate speech policy

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TikTok has removed thousands of accounts, videos and comments linked to hate speech this year, the company said Thursday.

Why it matters: As the platform grows bigger and faces more scrutiny, TikTok wants to be proactive in how it approaches sensitive issues, like hate speech, especially in the lead up to the 2020 election.

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With President Trump planning to nominate his third Supreme Court justice nominee this week, key Republican senators are indicating their stance on replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than 50 days until Election Day.

The state of play: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) has vowed that "Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." Two GOP senators — Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) — have said they oppose holding a vote before the election, meaning that two more defections would force McConnell to delay until at least the lame-duck session of Congress.

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