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    Site restricts pornographic material posted without consent following celebrity nude leak


    February 24, 2015



    Before the massive Sony cyber-attack pried the doors off the inner workings of a Hollywood studio, the privacy of dozens of actresses, singers and models like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst was similarly violated after their iCloud accounts were infiltrated, resulting in scores of leaked nude photos spread across the web. As one of the most trafficked sites on the internet, Reddit – which freely shared the leaked photos in a sub-forum dubbed "The Fappening" – was viewed as assisting in the dispersal of these illegal photos, drawing criticism to a website that had recently received a venture capital bump of $50 million.

    Now, according to the New York Times, Reddit has issued a new privacy policy banning any user from posting pornographic images or video without the permission of the person involved.

    "I really want to believe that as we enter the next 10 years of Reddit life, essentially the most trafficked media site on the Internet, the opportunity here to set a standard for respecting the privacy of our users," Reddit’s co-founder and executive chairman Alexis Ohanian told the Times.
    Besides the new privacy policy, Reddit will also better train their moderators with tutorials to deal with similar situations in the future, create the role of a "head of community" to teach users how to self-govern their forums and make it easier for users to report violators of the privacy policy directly to Reddit.


    Following the celebrity nude leak, which Lawrence called a "sexual violation," the Digital Millenium Copyright Act necessitated the closure of sub-Reddits that were exchanging the photos. "While current U.S. law does not prohibit linking to stolen materials, we deplore the theft of these images and we do not condone their widespread distribution," Reddit’s chief executive Yishan Wong wrote in a blog post following the Fappening.


    "We uphold the ideal of free speech on Reddit as much as possible not because we are legally bound to, but because we believe that you - the user - have the right to choose between right and wrong, good and evil, and that it is your responsibility to do so."


    Reddit Cracks Down on Unauthorized Nude Photos | Rolling Stone

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    Doesn't sound like much of a crack down to me.

    ETA: "We uphold the ideal of free speech on Reddit as much as possible not because we are legally bound to, but because we believe that you - the user - have the right to choose between right and wrong, good and evil, and that it is your responsibility to do so."


    Gimme a break!! What does that have to do with free speech, it doesn't even make sense.
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    I'm kind of surprised this didn't attract more notice as 'The Fappening' celebrity photos generated a fairly lively thread here at the time. We were all gawking at the hacked selfies. I know I found most of the links I looked at on Reddit, and I posted some of the Reddit links here as well for those missing out on the Jennifer Lawrence boobfest.

    Not being any kind of techie, I sort of did some Reddit searches for similar or latent bedraggled Fappening material yesterday. Gone, many folders gone, lots of stuff gone. Reddit searches turned up absolutely nothing no matter what kind of search terms I used. They really swept away that stuff and anything leading to it anywhere on the internet. Very thorough.

    Yet we at GR certainly enjoyed it at the time.

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    ^^^ Nudenfreude.
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    this is good - i remember a lot of the criticism surrounding reddit at the time was that they shut down and cleaned up the celebrity nudes almost immediately but that there were several subreddits with regular people's nudes who were having no luck getting them removed even when threatening lawsuits etc.

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