Reddit has banned r / watchpeopledie, a notorious subreddit that has hosted videos of people who die in a grisly way. The ban comes after the subreddit hosted videos of the recent mosque massacres in New Zealand. According to the new landing page, the subreddit has been banned for violating Reddit's content policy regarding glorification or incitement to violence.
A Reddit spokesperson provided this statement: "We are very clear in the terms of service of our site that posting content that incites or glorifies violence will cause users and communities to be banned from Reddit. Subtitles that do not respect these rules of the site will be banned. "
A source of the company agreed with this assessment, confirming that when communities encourage the shooter's poster or video to be posted, they will be banned. The approach of the site is more contextual; depends on the conversation around the offensive material. The poster and the video of the shoot, in particular, have been completely banned by Reddit and are removed through the site. However, the prohibition of r / watchpeopledie concerned the management of both materials. "These communities do not respect these rules and in reality are reversing the glorification of violence or the celebration of violence," the source said. "This is the moment when the ban on the ban comes down."
The new ban is in line with Reddit's recent change to its content policy, which made the site moderation guidelines much more explicit. It used to be that anything that was not illegal was allowed on the site, and now, it is not. Even so, the subreddit had been active since 201