other One Another Internet giant, late in the day, decided to apply his own policy in the face of a tragedy.
After Christchurch's tragic terrorist attack in New Zealand, in which 49 people were killed and more injured, and the subsequent online transmission of a livestream from the killer, Reddit has banned two subreddits that now glorify or celebrate violence.
The first one, r / watchpeopledie, was pretty much what it sounded like – a place where people shared gruesome videos of real deaths and commented on them. The second, r / gore, was less specific in his death requirements, but also contained violent videos and images.
Attempting to visit either side on the afternoon of March 15 brings users to a message from Reddit outlining the reasons for the ban.
"This subreddit was banned for violating our Content Policy," reads the message, "especially our policy against the glorification of violence."
It is noteworthy that the video from the live stream of the Christchurch shooter was shown by the massacre. Before being banned, visitors to the burnt child were greeted with a warning informing them that this was not the usual corner of the Internet.
"Do you really want to see this community?" Asked a Wayback archived front page engine. "This community is quarantined [.] It's about shocking or extremely offensive content, are you sure you want to continue?"
What responsibility do we want these companies to take on this responsibility? On Reddit, one of the most popular websites on the Internet, the video was told in a forum called "watchpeopledie". After more than an hour, this was posted: pic.twitter.com/C8nmt7CZgh
– Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) March 15, 2019
Subreddits Quarantined to Reddit, " do not generate revenue, do not appear in non-subscription-based feeds (eg, popular), and are not included in the search or recommendations. "
Reddit further explains that it quarantines subreddits, "although it's not prohibited," average redditors can still find highly insulting or annoying.
Corporate policy on violent content suggests that r / watchpeople should probably be banned under Reddit's own rules
"Do not post content that encourages a person or group of people glorify, incite or call for violence or assault; Also, do not publish content that promotes or encourages animal abuse, "the policy says in part.
It seems Reddit seems to be following the path taken by Silicon Valley colleagues: wait a minute goes terribly wrong, and then respond half-heartedly. Somehow we are not surprised.