Over the weekend, Reddit’s users had themselves a fit, shutting down almost all of the major subreddits and likening the site’s interim CEO, Ellen Pao, to as many genocidal dictators as they could manage. Now, Pao has come to the message board on bended knee to offer up a mea culpa of her own. And it’s a bad one.
Reddit took its first baby steps toward cutting down on harassment this week, banning five small subreddits built on personal attacks. That should have been a fairly uncontroversial move, but this is Reddit—and the admins’ good intentions have inevitably paved the road to a insane, sexist, Nazi-themed tantrum taking over the site’s top posts.
Reddit, a 10-year-old internet community with 3.3 million users, somehow just got around to announcing an anti-harassment policy last month. Now the site, which usually leaves moderation decisions up to the community, has taken its first stab at banning pernicious subreddits under the new rules. Five subreddits have been shuttered by reddit admins “based on their harassment of individuals,” the Reddit team announced Wednesday.
A Facebook alert from the public relations department of Indonesia's national police force warns parents of a scourge that may or may not be plaguing their nation: children wearing perfectly fashionable t-shirts that happen to feature an array of giant pandas making sweet, species-saving love to each other.
Like several other adult sites, Pornhub employs a young woman who acts as the friendly public face of the company. She goes by Pornhub Katie, and she posts hardcore JPEGs and spunky commentary to the company's Twitter account, gives secret santa gifts to random internet users, and occasionally gets in trouble for telling an off-color joke. Unsurprisingly, she's very popular on Reddit. Or was—until she invaded the site's no-masturbation subreddit.