Medical News Explaining why Reddit posts are removed helps people comply with rules

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By Chris Stokel-Walker

Reddit moderators could be more effective by explaining their decisionsOmar Marques/SOPA Images/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News Social media platforms struggling to tackle the tide of misinformation and unsuitable content could cut its flow by a fifth by better explaining their rules. That is the finding of a large-scale study of 32 million posts on popular discussion site Reddit. On Reddit, volunteer moderators clear forums, called subreddits, of unsuitable or off-topic material. Moderators take different approaches, however. Some explain why they have removed the content, but about 99 per cent simply take it down without explanation. Shagun Jhaver at the …

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