Last weekend the internet was introduced to r/TheFappening, a page where people could post nude images of celebrities. Specifically, this subreddit held a gallery of all of the images that were leaked over Labor Day Weekend, including photos of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. Saturday, the page was taken down.
The creator of the page, Reddit user Johnsmcjohn was pretty unhappy that they removed his page. He thinks it’s because Reddit was feeling pressure from various celebrity lawyers who have been threatening legal action since the photos were released.
He created a statement that said:
I created /r/TheFappening on sunday, and while I didn’t intend for it to be the fastest growing sub in history, it was. I want to point out that our mod team worked their asses off to ensure that pics that violated reddit’s rules were removed. And we prevented the doxx of the “leaker” as well. I know we aren’t going to be considered the good guys, but we worked hard to ensure reddit’s rules were followed.
Listen, I understand that guys like looking at boobies, but I just think this type of invasion of privacy is wrong. So, no, he’s not the guy who leaked them but creating the thread wasn’t good either. It’s like in middle school when you hear a bad rumor. You can listen, keep it to yourself and continue about your day or you can spread it. The people that spread middle school rumors are the worst. Don’t be that person.
While current US law does not prohibit linking to stolen materials, we deplore the theft of these images and we do not condone their widespread distribution.
Nevertheless, reddit’s platform is structurally based on the ability for people to distribute, promote, and highlight textual materials as well as links to images and other media. We understand the harm that misusing our site does to the victims of this theft, and we deeply sympathize.
Having said that, we are unlikely to make changes to our existing site content policies in response to this specific event.
The reason is because we consider ourselves not just a company running a website where one can post links and discuss them, but the government of a new type of community. The role and responsibility of a government differs from that of a private corporation, in that it exercises restraint in the usage of its powers.
To read the full statement, click here.
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