A class action lawsuit has been filed against Reddit for allowing racist content on the social network to be shared on its website.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, claims the company is liable for a “hostile environment” of “incitement to hate and hate speech” on Reddit, according to a statement.
Reddit banned more than 200,000 accounts and removed more than 4 million posts that violated the site’s policies, the lawsuit says.
The suit, filed in New York State Superior Court, claims that users were “directed to view and post racially offensive content on Reddit in order to ‘lose’ and ‘gain’ points on the site.”
Reddit is known for its diverse community of users who are known for their support of diverse communities, with many saying they “tolerate” racist posts and posts that glorify the Confederacy and other white supremacist groups.
The company was previously embroiled in a dispute over whether it violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act when it removed a post by an employee that called Black Lives Matter a “bunch of thugs.”
Reddit said it had “zero tolerance” for such speech, but it also removed posts that praised the Ku Klux Klan, called the Ku-Klux-Klan a racist group, and criticized Israel.
Reddit did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.