This is one of the biggest mass bans in Reddit history
Thanos has some remarkably dedicated followers on Reddit, and they have carried out his plan, at least, online.
In the movie, Thanos tries to obtain the Infinity Stones and wipe out half the universe. To mirror the villain’s quest, subreddit and Thanos fan page r/thanosdidnothingwrong banned half of its subscribers, reports CNET.
At the time of publication, more than 710,000 accounts had followed the subreddit, testing their luck as they waited to see whether they'd be banned or survive.
With hundreds of thousands Redditors given the boot, it is one of the biggest bans in Reddit history. In a surprising twist, Reddit itself joined in the excitement, starting a stream on Twitch that features the mass banning live. The video starts by showing lines of code with a series of colours, with the sound of fire playing ominously in the background, and then the sad procession of banned accounts began to be revealed.
Now, the dust has settled, and half of the subreddit has been silenced. That is not necessarily reflected in the subscriber count, which now contains plenty of people who joined after the culling.
Moderators of the subreddit announced the plan to ban 50% of the sub last week. Since then, news of the impending ban has gone viral, gaining hundreds of thousands of subscribers (so much for halving the population) and causing r/thanosdidnothingwrong to become subreddit of the day on July 9. There's even a r/thanosiswrong spinoff subreddit currently at 10,389 subscribers.
Leading up to the big ban, subscribers were sharing their best and worst Thanos memes. Even Josh Brolin, the actor who plays Thanos, got in on the fun by posting a short video.