Reddit Bans ‘The Fappening’ Subreddit

By: Vicky Andres
Reddit has banned subreddits involving the huge leak of celebrity nude photos. Yishan Wong, the ceo of Reddit, posted an explanation on r/News entitled Every Man is Responsible for His Own Soul. Wong has stayed that the reason they have taken the subreddit down is not a moral issue, but a legal one that is out of Reddit’s hands. 

Wong says he sees Reddit as “…not just a company running a website where one can post links and discuss them, but the government of a new type of community. The role and responsibility of a government differs from that of a private corporation, in that it exercises restraint in the usage of its powers.”

The reddit community is known for its cynical behavior. A company like Reddit always has to be transparent about their decisions, because Redditors are quick to call anyone out on their crap. The idea that internet users should be dictating what they think is wrong and right is commendable, but also a little uncomfortable when you consider the types of subreddits that are still not banned today (Ex. r/selfharm and r/cutefemalecorpses(NSFW).
The response from Redditors regarding the banning of ‘the Fappening’ has been mostly negative and doubtful of Reddit’s true intentions. 

[–]WitchesBravo 1436 points 1 day ago*
Racist, homophobic, gore, sexist subreddits = all allowed under reddit’s ‘free speech’ .
Subreddits which link to nude selfies of some celebs = MORALLY WRONG and must be stopped
Nice logic reddit

This entire series of events brings up a lot of interesting discussion revolving celebrity privilege, and the influence of social media communities. Is the line of morality drawn only when it involves the rich and powerful? 

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