Reddit removes celebrity photos, but doesn’t plan to make it a habit

Reddit removed photos from the recent celebrity iCloud hack, but will not be censoring additional content on the site.

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Reddit, long considered the wild west of the Internet for allowing users to post and share uncensored and often questionable content, is now cracking down on some content. Namely, the site took down subreddits that were related to a recent celebrity photo hack.

The site, which is owned by Conde Nast, issued a (somewhat confusing) initial blog post and then a lengthy explanation from CEO Yishan Wong. From that explanation:

Last weekend, reddit was used as one of the primary centers of distribution of private and unlawfully obtained images of celebrities. In accordance with our legal obligations, we expeditiously removed content hosted on our servers as soon as we received DMCA requests from the lawful owners of that content, and in cases where the images were not hosted on our servers, we promptly directed them to the hosts of those services.

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