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In Policy Shift, Reddit Bans Child Pornography

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In Policy Shift, Reddit Bans Child Pornography
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And in doing so, millions of Reddit users` voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. LOL!
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Hits: 8400 | Favorites: 0 | Emailed: 0 | Rating: 2.3 | Category: News & Politics | Date: 02/15/2012
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Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 6:45:38 PM

If perverts don't have an outlet for their unnatural urges, they`ll pursue it some other way . . .

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 10349 Posts
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 5:37:16 PM

It seems to me you're referring to the nebulous, overbroad standard of the Miller Test.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 11749 Posts
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 4:32:09 PM
Why are they banning something that's already illegal? So either they were allowing illegal stuff on their website, or what they are banning is not illegal. It`s a paradox!

No, it`s politics.

Reddit has always banned anything illegal. They`ve called the police in as well. Their previous policy was that they wouldn`t ban anything legal even if it was offensive, i.e. freedom of speech to the limit of the law.

What has happened now is that adverse publicity has resulted in reddit banning some things that are legal, without really defining what is banned (in part because censorship is usually hard to define clearly).

Of course, this means that in time anything that offends anyone with enough political power (including media attention, as that is political power) will be banned, regardless of the legal status of the material. Free speech isn`t a pick `n` mix thing - either you allow offensive (but legal) speech or you don`t.

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 10349 Posts
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 2:38:25 PM
I get banning footage but illustrations? Sounds like the thought police. It is rather surprising to hear after a while.

Female, 18-29, Canada
 3690 Posts
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 2:36:22 PM
....there's child porn on reddit? o___o; Well....I`m glad I just...sit here and let y`all rifle through that schmidt then :)

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