An editor of another publication for which I am a writer alerted me to what he thinks is questionable activity - possibly bot-activity - with Illumination. I already had an unsettled feeling about it and started paying closer attention. The publication has what I can only call a "cult-like" feel to it. A 'too-much" feeling. Although I can not prove anything illegal or against Medium rules, my gut told me something was/is off, so I removed myself as a contributor.
I never go to the publication and read but often read pieces published there because of certain writers I follow who contribute to Illumination. Never had I read anything like that horrific article you called-out. Makes me think there may be more, perhaps on other topics, that are just as hateful.