Reddit blocks Gawker in row over 'creepshot' photos

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 06:00 in Mathematics & Economics

Free speech row after journalist sought to reveal identity of man running forums featuring extreme adult contentA row over a Gawker journalist's investigation into extreme adult content on Reddit has highlighted issues of free speech versus privacy and the publication of offensive material on the content sharing and recommendations website.One Reddit politics forum has banned links to Gawker after what the moderator described as "an attack on the site and its users".The focus on Reddit's less salubrious content will be an embarrassment for owner Condé Nast, publisher of Vanity Fair and Vogue, which bought the site in 2006.Gawker journalist Adrian Chen began investigating one prolific Reddit user, Violentacrez, who has set up hundreds of sub-forums where users post links and images including bestiality, rape fantasy, under-age porn and upskirt photos.Violentacrez most recently joined "Creepshots", a forum of stalking-style pictures of women taken without their consent. The forum was taken down...

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