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Reddit: privacy and revenge porn

19:16 Apr 26 2015 London, UK

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In January, Reddit published its first transparency report, covering requests in 2014 from governments and law enforcement agencies. The Electronic Frontier Foundation quickly found a lot to like in it.

But it has other issues to deal with. A few weeks after releasing that report Reddit announced it was clamping down on revenge porn following the leaking of nude photos of celebrities, many of which made it on to the site. The new policy went into effect in March and encourages anyone who believes that photos, videos or digital images of them “in a state of nudity or engaged in any act of sexual conduct” are being circulated on Reddit without their consent to contact the site so that they can be taken down.

“This was a decision we made at our first big company-wide meeting about two months after I got back,” Ohanian says. “In 2005, there were no smartphones. Online data storage didn’t really exist. So we wanted to update our privacy policy to reflect that change.

“Reddit was created for people to speak freely and authentically and also for us to protect and value privacy. We’re sort of
the anti-Facebook in that regard. All you need is a username and password. We don’t even need your email.We’ve got work to do, don’t get me wrong, but the invasion of privacy policy we stood for as a company – it was so heartening to see the support from the Reddit community and to see Twitter and Facebook to a certain extent following suit within a few weeks.”
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