A major Thanos community just banned hundreds of thousands of people at random, one by one — and they loved it

Business Insider | 7/9/2018 | Travis Clark
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Warning: Spoilers for "Avengers: Infinity War" ahead.

The Thanos subreddit r/ThanosDidNothingWrong banned half of its members on Monday — a tribute to Thanos wiping out half of all life in the universe in "Avengers: Infinity War."

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That meant hundreds of thousands of Reddit accounts banned, all in one moment, as a tribute to the villanous Thanos himself.

Members of the community loved it.

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The "Infinity War" directors tweeted about it, and Thanos actor Josh Brolin made a video of himself snapping for the occasion.

Like the "Avengers: Infinity War" villain himself, the Thanos subreddit r/ThanosDidNothingWrong sought perfect balance among its more than 700,000 members, up from the 200,000 subscribers it had last week.

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The online community began banning half of its members at 5:00 PM PDT sharp on Monday, in a purge that was actually planned weeks in advance — a purge that was, indeed, instigated by its own members, who cheered the culling as honoring their hero, Thanos.

The joke among members was that if r/ThanosDidNothingWrong truly embraced what Thanos was all about, it would seek balance by banning half of their own number. To that end, group moderator The-Jedi-Apprentice said that Reddit's own administrators approved a ban on a random selection of half of the community's subscribers.

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Members of the group spent the next several weeks eagerly anticipating the so-called "Snappening," so named because of the finger-snap with which Thanos ends half of all life in the universe at the movie's conclusion.

The actual "snap" itself was livestreamed on Amazon's Twitch, with Reddit engineers broadcasting to over 50,000 viewers as they activated a custom tool that banned hundreds of thousands of r/ThanosDidNothingWrong members, one by one.

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People aren't mad about it. In fact, most members of r/ThanosDidNothingWrong wanted to make Thanos proud by getting banned in the name of balance: "༼ つ ◕_ ◕ ༽つ GIVE BAN ༼...
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