"Last year, we missed a chance to be a leader in social media when it comes to protecting your privacy -- something we’ve cared deeply about since reddit’s inception. At our recent all hands company meeting, this was something that we all, as a company, decided we needed to address.
Last year, Reddit took down a forum that spread stolen nude photos of various celebrities. But it allowed another forum, "r/photoplunder," to stay up. That forum, which had 30,000 readers, featured the tagline: "They should know better."
HuffPost's Gerry Smith reported at the time:
In response to why Reddit wasn’t banning other forums that “contain deplorable content,” [systems administrator Jason Harvey] said, “We remove what we're required to remove by law, and what violates any rules which we have set forth."
"Beyond that," he said, "we feel it is necessary to maintain as neutral a platform as possible, and to let the communities on reddit be represented by the actions of the people who participate in them.”
The forum quickly had advocates of "revenge porn" victims crying foul, and highlighted Reddit's lack of recourse for non-celebrities who thought they were victims of so-called involuntary pornography.