“Reddit is uninterested in stopping them, even though it boasts on the corporate blog the good it is doing for the world"
September 30, 2011 11:58 AM Subscribe
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“We’re a free speech site
and the cost of that is that there’s stuff that’s offensive on there.” This was the response of Erik Martin aka hueypriest, General Manager of Reddit, to the accusation on last night’s Anderson Cooper 360
that the “jailbait” subreddit is “borderline kiddie porn.”
“I think we’re all sort of tired of people hiding behind the first amendment, right? It’s so cowardly. The first amendment is there for wonderful reasons… Kiddie porn: not protected,” said Sonny Halston, former sex crimes prosecutor. The other guest, Jeffrey Toobin, said that the pictures on the ‘ephebophile’
jailbait subreddit do not violate any law, as it only shows underage teenaged girls wearing clothes.
Anderson was surprised to learn that Reddit is under the same corporate umbrella as Conde Nast, having thought that it “might be run out of someone’s basement,” unlike his network cohort Don Lemon
who answered questions from redditors. Though the site does have some subreddits of tasteless or disgusting content, its members have done a lot of good deeds in the past,
including sending free pizza to random deserving people.