Reddit has become the massive social sharing website it has become thanks in large part to the company’s hands off approach to content, however on Monday the sites founders announced an official ban on users posting “suggestive or sexual content featuring minors.”
On Sunday night administrators for the popular social platform announced that they will stop users from posting such content while adding:
“We will tirelessly defend the right to freely share information on reddit in any way we can, even if it is offensive or discusses something that may be illegal,” the posting notes, but child pornography “is a toxic and unique case.”
The announcement comes after an attack was launched against Reddit by forum users on the website Something Awful. Also attacking Reddit over it’s lack of child pornography rules was Anderson Cooper who back in September aired a report about that very issue.
In the past Reddit’s founders have defended their actions by noting that the site doesn’t host content that is illegal or questionable but only provides links to that content. Whether or not that issue has now become a “liability” after a TV and Movie sharing website that only hosted links was shut down in the UK by officials from the U.S. it looks like Reddit has decided not to tempt fate.
Author: James Kosur
James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.