“I’m confident that Reddit could sway elections,” he told me. “We wouldn’t do it, of course. And I don’t know how many times we could get away with it. But, if we really wanted to, I’m sure Reddit could have swayed at least this election, this once.”
- Steve Huffman, CEO of Reddit
The_Donald has been quarantined for some time (about 8 months), which makes it unsearchable on Reddit and only viewable if you have an account with a verified email. All attempts by the mod team to try to appease Reddit admins by cracking down on offending posts were deemed not good enough, and their appeals to have the quarantine lifted were denied. In the last few days, admins began sending warnings to users who had upvoted comments or posts that had been removed by them for being offensive, and they promised to ban people who continued to upvote those kinds of posts. Then they started purging tons of The_Donald's mods (over half of them) and promised to replace them with mods vetted by them. Once this happened, most understood this to mean that The_Donald will now be moderated by the very people who hate it, and they decided to flee to https://thedonald.win/. The_Donald still exists, but it is, for all intents and purposes, dead.