Reddit bans r/watchpeopledie in the wake of the New Zealand mosque massacres

Reddit has banned r / watchpeopledie, an infamous subreddit that housed videos of people dying horribly. The ban comes after the subreddit re-submitted videos of recent mosque massacres in New Zealand. According to the new landing page, the subreddit was banned for violating Reddit's content policy on glorifying or encouraging violence.

A Reddit spokesperson provided this statement: "In the terms of service of our site, we are very clear that posting content that encourages or glorifies violence will make users and communities unable to participate in Reddit. Subnetworks that do not adhere to those rules throughout the site will be banned. "

A company source agreed with that evaluation, confirming that when communities encourage the release of the shooter's or video's manifesto, they will be banned "Reddit's approach is very contextual and, you know, it depends on the nature of the conversation around these types of issues," they said. "Now, from the beginning we were very clear that the manifesto, the video, was not they allowed to publish on Reddit, and those are being eliminated through the site, however, these communities are not complying with those rules and, in fact, are turning to the glorification of violence or celebrating violence, "the source continued. "That's when the hammer of prohibition falls."

The new ban is in line with Reddit's recent change in its content policy, which made the site's moderation guidelines much more explicit. It used to be that almost everything that was not illegal was allowed on the site, and now that is not the case. Even so, the subreddit had been active since 2012 and had been quarantined (the way Reddit described communities that are explicitly hidden from the public) before the content policy of the site had changed.

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