Reddit is clamping down on controversial content. The popular websites CEO Steve Huffman fielded questions on Thursday in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) about what content is and isnt allowed on the popular online bulletin board, amid a controversy over the companys alleged content policing and lack of transparency. As Reddit has grown, weve seen additional examples of how unfettered free speech can make Reddit a less enjoyable place to visit, and can even cause people harm outside of Reddit, Huffman wrote. In addition to non-consensual pornography, which Reddit banned officially earlier this year, the following types of content are being considered for restriction, Huffman wrote in the AMA: Spam Anything illegal (i.e. things that are actually illegal, such as copyrighted material. Discussing illegal activities, such as drug use, is not illegal) Publication of someones private and confidential information Anything that incites harm or violence against an individual or group of people (its ok to say I dont like this group of people. Its not ok to say, Im going to kill this group of people.) Anything that harasses, bullies, or abuses an individual or group of people (these behaviors intimidate others into silence) Sexually suggestive content featuring minors Huffman also told users that several notorious, offensive subredditsthe really dark side of Reddit, as some have saidwould be banned, including a thread about raping women. Related Stories Tech Apple Teases 230 New Emoji for World Emoji Day
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The clarification of Reddits free speech limits, and, perhaps more importantly, the audience-facing, participatory way in which the restrictions were explained, arrive after months of user complaints over Reddit administrators lack of transparency when policies are changed. Much of the communitys anger had been directed at former interim CEO Ellen Pao, who last week stepped down as chief after hundreds of thousands of people signed a petition calling for her ousting. Though Pao acknowledged the companys lack of communication with users, she maintained her belief in
restricting certain content in a Washington Post op-ed on Thursday, writing that she is rooting for the humans over the trolls. Read next: Inside the Trouble at Reddit Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.