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Some 5,000 people were actively subscribed to Fat People Hate – one of the banned subreddits
Social news website has started to cull its most repulsive communities, dubbed subreddits, as part of its new anti-harassment rules.
More than 5,000 people were actively subscribed to Fat People Hate – one of five subreddits banned this morning.
Other culled forums include Ham Planet Hatred, Trans F**s, Neo F** and S*** N*****s Say.
We're banning behaviour, not ideas
Reddit announced its new regulations back in May but its recent action has sparked controversy amongst some users.
"I think people will look back on this as the beginning of the end for Reddit," one Reddit user wrote in the official company thread.
Another added: "Why is /r/fatpeoplehate banned, but /r/c***town get to exist? That's bull****."
Many are denouncing the new bans are censorship and users have created a subreddit calling for interim CEO Ellen Pao to resign.
A petition to force the American lawyer and former corporate director at Flipboard to step down as CEO has already reached more than 5,000 signatures on change.org.
American lawyer and interim CEO at Reddit, Ellen K Pao
The online petition writes: "After Pao lost her gender discrimination case against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins she was appointed CEO of Reddit Inc and Reddit entered into a new age of censorship.
"A vast majority of the Reddit community believes that Pao, "a manipulative individual who will sue her way to the top", has overstepped her boundaries and fears that she will run Reddit into the ground."
Reddit released a statement on its recent bans, in which it defended its decision and said it is no encroaching on user's free speech.
"We will ban subreddits that allow their communities to use the subreddit as a platform to harass individuals when moderators don't take action," the Reddit statement reads.
"We're banning behaviour, not ideas."
Reddit has banned a number of subreddits but insists its only "banning behaviour, not ideas"
Reddit previously announced that a survey of 15,000 users found that the most common reason users would not recommend the website to a friend was "because they want to avoid exposing friends to hate and offensive content."
Reddit is currently valued at $500million, around £323,000,000.
The social news website, which runs with just 71 employees, received a total of 172,710,261 unique visitors last month alone.