Reddit shuts down forum for Texas abortion 'bounty hunters' – Business Insider

Reddit shut down a forum started by users who said they wanted to share tips on finding and suing people trying to get abortions in Texas, as first reported by Vice.
A Medium blog later reported that the forum was created by users of rdrama.net, an online community known for setting up hoax subreddits. Insider viewed discussions of the Reddit post on the rdrama website.
The r/TXBountyHunters subreddit was formed on September 2, the same day Texas law SB8 came into force banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which typically occurs at six weeks, often before most people know they’re pregnant.
The law allows private citizens to sue anyone they believe helped somebody get an abortion after the six-week mark. This provision is wide-ranging, and Texas citizens could technically sue a cab driver who takes someone to an abortion clinic.
In an archived post from r/TXBountyHunters seen by Insider, one member said the law had opened up a “brand new arena of revenue” to private citizens.
“We are here to capitalize on that,” they said.
Vice reported the group had 68 members when it was shut down, and that its description said it was “dedicated to sharing tips on identifying, reporting, and collecting bounty on those breaking Texas law TX SB8.”
Reddit’s page when you try to load r/TXBountyHunters says the group was banned for violating its policy on “harassing content.”
Reddit declined to comment further when contacted by Insider.
Reddit isn’t the only tech company to kick supposed would-be vigilantes off its platform. Web hosting company GoDaddy booted a website off its service that invited users to submit anonymous tips about people getting abortions after the six-week mark.
The website moved to domain host Epik, which is known for hosting far-right content, but the Washington Post reported Monday that the site had once again been disabled.
Update: After publication of this article, a Medium article reported the r/TXBountyHunters subreddit was a hoax created by a group called “rDrama” which starts internet forums designed to troll users. Insider viewed discussions of the subreddit on rDrama’s website.
Keep reading

source

Comments 3
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Prev
The First Dog to Walk Around the World Arrives Home – Adventure Journal

The First Dog to Walk Around the World Arrives Home – Adventure Journal

by Justin Housman | May 23, 2022 | People + Culture | 23 commentsHer name is

Next
'Cats' is undeniably creepy, and there's a psychological reason for it – Inverse

'Cats' is undeniably creepy, and there's a psychological reason for it – Inverse

Mind and BodyThey’re sexy

You May Also Like