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12 Fev 2012

Steven Musil, CNET News

Reddit bans sexually suggestive images of children

In response to a great deal of criticism and controversy, Reddit has decided to ban the posting of sexually suggestive or exploitive images of minors. After…dealing with child pornography on a case-by-case basis, the social news site announced...that it would ban all subreddits that focus on the sexualization of children. Beyond obviously illegal content, the large amount of content in a legal grey area eventually convinced the site's administrators that its previous policy had "become unsustainable."…The move was in response to a wave of criticism on the site community chat boards over a subreddit called r/preteen_girls...The decision to ban sections that focus on child sexuality wasn't an easy one, administrators said, adding that child pornography is "toxic" to Internet communities. "We understand that this might make some of you worried about the slippery slope...to banning other types of content," the site's statement said. "We're concerned about that too, and do not make this policy change lightly...We will tirelessly defend the right to freely share information on reddit in any way we can, even if it is offensive or discusses something that may be illegal."