What political affiliation do Reddit and 4chan have (Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton) and why?
Reddit is a massive community of over 150 million users that subdivide themselves in smaller communities known as subreddits. Each subreddit is focused on a specific topic and differs in content, ideologies, user-base, and language.
Reddit generally favors Donald Trump because of the appealing nature and uniqueness of the main Trump subreddit along with the partial anonymity present on the site.
An examination of the following pro-Hillary subreddits:
Overall impression: The Hillary Clinton subreddits have low user activity, serious tone, and mainly focus on Trump.
Top posts 2 days before the election:
- Wolf Blitzer is Hillary's most loyal CNN anchor
- Student speaker removed by force by Hillary staffer in the middle of speech about Hillary being controlled by corporations, banks
- Reminder: The Clintons made at least $153 million off of speeches. Who else gets paid that much to speak? They were paid that much because the payments were really bribes. Who would own the Clinton White House?
Top posts the night before the election:
- ATTENTION ISSUES VOTERS: Trump pledges to drain the swamp and impose Congressional term limits (5-point ethics-reform plan) -- Hillary would NEVER in a million years propose something like this
- I don't care if the building is on fucking fire, with a tornado headed straight for it, and a mushroom cloud in the damn distance-- GET YOUR ASSES IN THERE AND VOTE!
- ATTENTION UNDECIDED VOTERS: Last call for the Trump train! NO BRAKES!
Example of memes before and after the election:
Much different from /r/hillaryclinton.
Reddit's Political Affiliation
Not a clear-cut answer.
- Huge community of people - over 150 million
- Each subreddit attracts different users and ideologies
- Traditionally, reddit agrees on common issues - appears left
- However, recently some subreddits following alt-right
- Donald Trump subreddit - incredibly popular/active
- Donald Trump on reddit as a whole - much more controversial
- Answer: Depends on subreddit; some parts moving right, most parts staying left
Hillary vs. Trump on Reddit
- Trump clearly more popular by the numbers
- Outsider appeal, hate for Clinton
- Trump’s Q and A
- Level of anonymity, limited lifespan and visibility of posts, comments
- Meme potential and subreddit atmosphere
- Group identity, unique culture, homophily, extremism
What is 4chan?
4chan is an "imageboard". This means that posts are started by posting pictures, and depending on how frequently people comment, it stays up. All users are anonymous.
How did 4chan start?
In 2003, 15-year old Christopher Poole started 4chan as an "imageboard website" to discuss Japanese anime and comics.
Originally, on Japanese topics were discussed on the platform, but things quickly spiraled out of controlled. Poole (or moot on 4chan) deleted boards that were becoming too racist in the beginning, but he then handed ownership of the site to Hiroyuki Nishimura, the owner of 4chan's Japanese counterpart: 2channel.
When it became apparent that Donald Trump was going to win, 4chan's /pol/ board looked like this: