Nursing informatics Reddit, one of the top five healthcare sites on the web, is the latest company to take aim at Reddit’s perceived bias towards health professionals, citing its lack of diversity and its focus on the self-employed.
Nursing information sites like Reddit are widely considered to be more trustworthy than those run by large healthcare organisations such as US healthcare giant Aetna and private healthcare providers such as Medisave.
But Reddit is one of a number of websites that have targeted the site, saying that the site’s lack of female representation is a major problem for its users.
“Reddit has consistently failed to foster a diverse workforce, and its gender bias has long been a point of contention within the community,” Reddit wrote in a statement.
“The site has long prioritised content that is aligned with the interests of white men.”
It also pointed out that Reddit’s content is typically heavily biased towards white men, citing examples like “how many white men are there in the top 50% of Reddit posts”, “how much of a ‘gamer’ are the top 10% of reddit users”, and “how the top 20% of redditors are overwhelmingly male”.
Reddit has been criticised by the New York Times, a leading media organisation, for allowing the site to host racist and anti-Semitic content.
Reddit has since said that it had removed content that was deemed to be offensive.
It also said that the company would be “working to change Reddit’s policies towards content that violates our Community Guidelines”.