After Reddit became one of the launching points for all content related to “The Fappening,” the self-proclaimed “front-page of the Internet” has decided to remove the Subreddit and to ban all content related to the topic.
Reddit described their stance in a statement:
“Last weekend, Reddit was used as one of the primary centres of distribution of private and unlawfully obtained images of celebrities. In accordance with our legal obligations, we expeditiously removed content hosted on our servers as soon as we received DMCA requests from the lawful owners of that content, and in cases where the images were not hosted on our servers, we promptly directed them to the hosts of those services. While current US law does not prohibit linking to stolen materials, we deplore the theft of these images and we do not condone their widespread distribution. Nevertheless, Reddit’s platform is structurally based on the ability for people to distribute, promote, and highlight textual materials as well as links to images and other media. We understand the harm that misusing our site does to the victims of this theft, and we deeply sympathize.
Most of the content was centralized on the /r/thefappening Subreddit. It also became one of the fastest growing Subreddits of all time, reaching over 100,000 subscribers in a short amount of time and it even topped /r/funny’s traffic peak during the original days of the leak.
What Are Subreddits?
For those of you who are not familiar with Reddit, Subreddits are individual sections that are generally thematic. Some examples of a Subreddit are, /r/gaming, /r/news, /r/politics, /r/funny, /r/tech, and so on. Users can subscribe to specific Subreddits in order to receive updates from their favorite sections. These sections allow the website to stay organized and allow users to find the information that they want to see. In the case of the Fappening, it acted as a hub for all of the nude photos that were leaked and it made them spread a lot faster as users trusted a site like Reddit over a strange one that they would find through a Google search.
Likely, they only made this change to appease the legal teams that are breathing down their neck. In reality, censoring Reddit or 4chan is nearly impossible as content generation on these two websites is organic and unpredictable. No staff in the world could fully moderate either of these websites. Will there be a noticeable change in policies on these websites moving into the future? No, and nor should they. This is a band aid solution and nothing more. Nothing needs to be changed.
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