“Last year, we missed a chance to be a leader in social media when it comes to protecting your privacy—something we’ve cared deeply about since reddit’s inception,” the change states. “At our recent all hands company meeting, this was something that we all, as a company, decided we needed to address.”
“No matter who you are, if a photograph, video, or digital image of you in a state of nudity, sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct, is posted or linked to on reddit without your permission, it is prohibited on reddit. We also recognize that violent personalized images are a form of harassment that we do not tolerate and we will remove them when notified.”
This is actually pretty huge move on the company’s part, as it has taken to a sort of self-governing model where users are essentially in control of all content posted to the site. (It was one of the sites that was also involved in the nude celebrity hacking scandal, with photos posted without consent.)
In fact, only a couple of years ago a sub-Reddit called “Jailbait” was created by Michael Brutsch that was dedicated to posting and trading photos of underage girls. Yeah. YEAH.
“We’re so proud to be leading the way among our peers when it comes to your digital privacy and consider this to be one more step in the right direction,” Reddit stated.
In one respect, this is definitely a step in the right direction. In another—what the hell? Internet, you scare us sometimes.
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