Of Course Redditors Are Whining About The Site’s Revenge Porn Rule

You may have heard about Reddit’s new take-down policy, which states the following:

No matter who you are, if a photograph, video, or digital image of you in a state of nudity, sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct, is posted or linked to on reddit without your permission, it is prohibited on reddit. We also recognize that violent personalized images are a form of harassment that we do not tolerate and we will remove them when notified.

Or, in other words, if someone posted a sexy picture of you on Reddit and you want it taken down, Reddit will take it down. Pretty-non controversial, especially for a site whose users are such loud advocates for privacy, right? Wrong! Oh, no, you see, Redditors need to masturbate to whatever picture they want, and non-consensually posted pictures are the sexiest of all.

When The Fappening happened, a dude tried to mansplain to me that it was nobody’s right to deny the public those images, because digitally-transmitted images are just pixels, and no one owns pixels, sheesh. Which is approximately the line of logic some angry Redditors are taking, i.e.: “So what if I look at the pictures and then make photorealistic drawings of them? Is that not my property? What if use someones likeness to make photorealistic pictures of them? Could they still have my art taken down?” I believe the answer would be “yes,” but of course, to this dude the real concern here is the method of conveyance, not the information being conveyed, because who cares about whether or not someone wants millions of people to see them nude?

Then, of course, there’s all the free-speech people who still don’t understand what their beloved XKCD explained about free speech a while ago, now: “The right to free speech means that the government can’t arrest you for what you say. It doesn’t mean anyone else has to listen to your bullshit, or host you while you share it.” Simple enough, right? And yet these Redditors are being oppressed by a private company setting ground rules for what is and is not appropriate information to share on the platform they created and moderate. The horror!

And others, of course, are blaming Reddit’s interim CEO, Ellen Pao, because she’s of Asian descent and a woman who has had a penis in her vagina at some point, ergo Eve, ergo apple, ergo guilt. I won’t quote here because ew, but go ahead and look for yourself if you want to punch your computer in the face.

Whatever. The policy is the policy, and it is seriously the tamest policy Reddit could reasonably create to address these privacy invasions after years of tacitly endorsing them by doing absolutely nothing. These dudes will calm the fuck down and head over to the consensual corner and fap off and all will be well in the world soon enough.

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