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Reddit Bans Landing Page for Hacked Celebrity Nude Photos

Reddit administrators are grappling with providing a place for free speech and keeping posts legal.

Administrators of the social networking site Reddit on Saturday banned the page where many hacked photos of naked celebrities landed when they flooded the internet almost a week earlier. Around the same time, Reddit released a statement saying they would not censor what is posted on their website, unless the content was illegal, because "we believe that you — the user — has the right to choose between right and wrong."

The seemingly contradictory actions sparked some confusion, prompting Reddit to release two more statements on Sunday. A systems administrator explained that while Reddit was proclaiming they would "uphold free speech" on Reddit, users were repeatedly violating laws on the posting page that was seeing the majority of the naked celebrity pictures. Reddit managers were continuously trying to keep the stolen pictures off of that page, the administrator said, but users kept re-posting them, leading to a game of "whack-a-mole."

"You choose what to post. You choose what to read. You choose what kind of subreddit to create and what kind of rules you will enforce. We will try not to interfere," but "it became obvious that we were either going to have to watch these subreddits constantly, or shut them down. We chose the latter," Reddit's statements said.



— Elisha Fieldstadt