Reddit Expressly Bans Child Porn

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After enormous pressure from competing sites as well as the media, Reddit has instituted what administrators of the 800-lb gorilla of link aggregation call “A necessary change in policy” regarding sexual images of children:

As of today, we have banned all subreddits that focus on sexualization of children. Our goal is to be fair and consistent, so if you find a subreddit we may have missed, please message the admins. If you find specific content that meets this definition please message the moderators of the subreddit, and the admins.

The statement goes on to acknowledge that many Redditors might see the new policy as a “slippery slope” which might lead to “banning other types of content,” but concludes that “child pornography is a toxic and unique case for Internet communities, and we’re protecting reddit’s ability to operate by removing this threat.”

This comes after comedy website and forum SomethingAwful.com published a popular message thread urging the site’s large and devoted user base to inform as many media outlets and civic bodies as possible that “children are using a website that exploits and sexualizes children, requesting that children submit their own nude photos.” The SomethingAwful user who began the thread dubbed the effort a “Redditbomb.” A 2-year-old article on a science site suggesting that legalizing child pornography might “lower rates of child abuse” was on the front page of Reddit today as well.

Sites that arguably compete with Reddit for eyeballs on the Web are not alone in criticizing the prevalence of “subreddits” that promote links to sexualized images of minors. Gawker has frequently taken note of the problem and in September of last year Anderson Cooper aired an extended segment on the issue. (See video.)

Reddit’s new policy–as stated–appears to be the site administrators’ most aggressive effort to address the issue so far.

Anderson Cooper Accuses Reddit Of Spreading Child Pornography – YouTube.

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Comments

  1. Jim says:

    Wouldn’t most websites do this on, oh I dunno, the day the website goes live ? Why did it take 7 years ?

    1. Madhabmatics says:

      Because the administrators of Reddit are best bros with one of the people leading the creation of those subreddits (user Violentacrez)

      1. Nobody says:

        Yeah, I head this guy Madhabmatics, a one John Calvinball, was actually responsible for uploading a large amount of the childporn.

        Oh look, I can makeup things too!

      2. Demonicplaydoh says:

        Except he’s not. Violentacrez is a mod for practically all of the offending subs, and if a mod is needed in a different subreddit guess who that subreddit gets?

        If you don’t know what a subreddit is you shouldn’t have opened your mouth in the first place btw

      3. Philip Horger says:

        Subreddits give mode power to the person who created them, and that person exclusively (other than admins). If a subreddit has Violentacrez as a mod, it’s because a mod put him on that pedestal, or he snatched up the subreddit name first.

        His sleazy preferences have made him a thorn in the administrators’ side for a very, very long time. I don’t think they have a lot of love for him.

      4. Herp says:

         He’s friends with the site administration.

    2. Ostensibly because the user base prizes unfettered free speech above all else, yadda yadda. Any speculation that the admins are into that sort of things themselves is _completely_ unfounded, no really!

    3. Anonymous says:

      It didn’t take 7 years. If you read the actual post that was linked in the article, you’ll see that they have previously been acting on a case-by-case basis. This has apparently gotten so large that they cannot do that anymore.

      1. “This has apparently gotten so large that they cannot do that anymore.”

        To be more accurate, they never actually did it enough to matter at all before. They may have deleted a few posts here and there that stepped over the line into genuine kiddie porn, but there were numerous well established and active kiddie porn-related subreddits that never lacked for technically-legal-but-extremely-close-to-actual-porn content.

      2. Herp says:

         That’s just Reddit covering their asses. Reddit user violentacrez has the third highest karma rating on the site, was responsible for most of the child porn subreddits, has openly bragged about having sexual relations with his stepdaughter, and is friends with the site administration. Reddit’s known about this shit from day 1 and didn’t bother to step in until they got bad press.

  2. zilong says:

    Why was the “competing for eyeballs” line in there?

    1. Because it’s true. 

      This whole campaign reeks of some desperate attempt by Somethingawful to somehow remain relevant and noticed in today’s new media landscape. What’s funny is that for all the work that went into this campaign, it has hardly generated anything news-wise, on a slow Sunday nonetheless.

      How sad. The next time we hear anything about Somethingawful will just be their next lame attempt at heaping negative publicity on Reddit.

      Oh, and it looks like the original thread on the Somethingawful forums that launched this campaign against Reddit is now only accessibly to paid members! Nice try.

      1. Anonymous says:

        Somebody’s mad they can’t masturbate to pictures of children anymore.

  3. AwesomeRobot says:

    Yet they still allow subreddits that express violence towards women and minorities.

    1. Demonicplaydoh says:

      Theres that slippery slope thing again. USERS that are posting this message are culpable, not the site as a whole.

      This was the practically the crux of the SOPA debate, btw

  4. Guest4055 says:

    Just to clarify, child porn was always banned on Reddit.  The issue here was whether to allow legal pictures that sexualize children.

    1. Hpgross says:

      Those pictures are illegal, thus that’s silly. Check the US laws.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Reddit has harbored sexists, homophobes, pedophiles, and racists for years now. I’m glad the admins are finally addressing at least one the issues.

  6. Martin Hult says:

    What you forget to mention is that Reddit too dislikes these sub-reddits and they are usually subject of massive internal criticism as well. It’s not like the user-base of Reddit supports these actions.

  7. Person says:

    Gawker has long had a personal interest in attacking and trolling every aspect of Reddit. The head of Gawker even pretended to be a kid dieing of cancer just to screw with reddit users. Might help to inform readers that Gawker isn’t driven by some sort of moral or ethical standard, but instead by a personal vendetta.