James Ball: Reddit Wants To Pick And Choose What Is Free Speech

James Ball: Reddit Wants To Pick And Choose What Is Free Speech
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Reddit used free speech to defend its forums of pictures of young girls but blocked Gawker for 'outing' the man behind them.

James Ball, The Guardian
  • 16 october 2012


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Reddit is the biggest and most influential website you’ve probably never heard of. The self-styled “home page of the internet”, it can pull in more than 3bn page views a month. An article posted on its front page can expect to pull in half a million extra visitors, at minimum – and it was given extra gravitas last month when it was judged worthy of an online campaign stop by President Barack Obama himself.

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