Reddit Bans Non-Consensual Nude Photos in New Privacy Policy

The site’s privacy team shockingly exhibits a sense of moral decency.

Photo by Flickr user Eva Blue.

Reddit announced yesterday that it was banning nude photos taken without the consent of the subject, allowing them to fulfill what is the baseline requirement for human decency. In a statement posted to the site, the Reddit team declared, with all the smugness of a child who’s mastered toilet training at last, that they’ve revised their privacy policy to reflect their newfound respect for human dignity.

“No matter who you are, if a photograph, video, or digital image of you in a state of nudity, sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct, is posted or linked to on reddit without your permission, it is prohibited on Reddit,” they wrote. “We also recognize that violent personalized images are a form of harassment that we do not tolerate and we will remove them when notified.”

The new policy, which goes into effect mid-March, requires that users flag such photos by emailing them to In their post, the Reddit team professes to be “so proud” for implementing a privacy policy that probably most despotic leaders of authoritarian governments would find feebly principled.

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