Reddit Permanently Banned a User for ‘Threatening Violence’ After Mentioning the Name of Metallica’s Debut Album

Metal being a controversial genre is old news. So at this point, people are generally used to obscene album, song, and even band names. There’s, obviously, some context behind all of it. Hardly anyone would feel threatened by a horror film and the same goes for music.

Well, not exactly. According to a new post in the Metallica subreddit, users can get permanently banned for mentioning the name of Metallica’s 1983 debut album “Kill ‘Em All,” reports Loudwire. One of the users shared a YouTube video, showing all the screenshots of a user getting a ban notice from the platform for writing the album name in their posts. The reason for the bans was a rule violation for “threatening violence.” You can see the video montage below:

A Look at Reddit’s Censorship

The original post was reported in the Megadeth subreddit and the title of the post was “Best Debut Album of the Big 4.” The reply that got the user banned read:

“Kill ‘Em All was definitely what originally brought many people into the metal community. I’d say, from an objective standpoint, it would have to be Kill ‘Em All.”

From the looks of it, the comment was manually reported, and one of the mods supposedly banned the user. Now, one could potentially think of this as an elaborate prank by Megadeth subreddit mods bashing Metallica fans. But the said banned user appealed the ban but was ignored.

As of this writing, the aforementioned YouTube video, which was presumably posted by the banned user, has this in the description:

“After people started sharing this story on the internet, Reddit messaged me that they would give me my account back. However, when they did, they made it so I can’t comment or post at all. RIP my account”

It seems that media attention got things going. However, the user still can’t do anything from their account.

This also prompted many Metallica on the band’s subreddit to post the album name, “Kill ‘Em All,” over and over again in reply to the original post. Some have suggested using “KEA” instead, although not many Metallica-loving Redditors are happy about it.  

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