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.