Reddit Modifies Stance on Free Speech to Dismay of Jailbait Supporters

February 16th, 2012 at 2:36 am
 


Reddit, a popular user-generated content aggregation site, has been pretty adamant when it comes to advocating free speech in its website, including allowing its members to post links and photos that can be considered child pornography. The website, which is even more popular than media sites in terms of number of visits, claims it does not want to impose theirs or anyone else’s opinions to its members. However, things are about to change.

Last February 12, Reddit has changed its policy and now adds a new one on its very simple list of house rules: members are prohibited from posting “suggestive or sexual content featuring minors.” The change comes after constant pressure (or influence) from several Internet forums and mainstream media.

Reddit’s administrators wrote: “We understand that this might make some of you worried about the slippery slope from banning one specific type of content to banning other types of content. We’re concerned about that too, and do not make this policy change lightly or without careful deliberation. 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. However, child pornography is a toxic and unique case for Internet communities, and we’re protecting reddit’s ability to operate by removing this threat. We remain committed to protecting reddit as an open platform.”

While the “jailbait” section of Reddit has been closed, a “truejailbait” section remains accessible to the public. Truejailbait features the list of subsections its jailbait moderators have closed out, leaving the likes of “gay teen pics,” “random sexiness,” and “preteen bitches” available to the curious eyes. (In case you are wondering, the “preteen bitches” section features photos of female puppies. How tongue-in-cheek!)

Source: Reddit, via New York Magazine

 

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