Reddit quarantines controversial subreddit r/candidfashionpolice following Daily Dot inquiry | The Daily Dot

Reddit administrators have quarantinedr/candidfashionfpolice, a controversial forum that featured suggestive photos of women, most of which were likely taken without the person’s knowledge or permission.

A quarantine is Reddit’s version of purgatory, a new form of punishment that is not an outright ban but is considered a kiss of death for most communities because of the rules forced on the forums. Quarantined subreddits are those Redditadministrators believe have “content to be extremely offensive or upsetting to the average redditor.”

The three-year-old r/candidfashionpolice, which had more than 66,000 followers, was formally quarantined by Reddit after the Daily Dot began sending messages to administrators in October. The inquiries stemmed from comments made by Reddit cofounder Steve Huffman inJulyregarding Reddits content and what warranted a subreddit ban.

While we didntcreatereddit to be a bastion of free speech, the concept is important to us, Huffmanwrote. /r/creepshotsforced us to confront these issues in a way we hadnt done before. Although I wasnt at Reddit at the time, I agree with their decision to ban those communities. The main things we need to implement is the other type of NSFW classification, which isnt too difficult.

The Daily Dot also reached out to cofounder Alexis Ohanian regarding r/candidfashionpolice. Those messages were never answered.

On Nov. 16, Reddits Ashley Dawkins began conversations with Huffman and the companys head of community in response to the comment request. Monday afternoon, the Daily Dot received this response:

Reddit has actually made quarantined. In an effort to maintain a community that is both reflective of our users interests and reflective of the policies we have set in place, we feel that quarantining the community was necessary and inline with our regulative content language.

R/candidfashionpolice rose from the ashes of r/creepshots in October 2012. Similar to r/creepshots, r/candidfashionpolice featured photos of women bending over, sitting on the beach, or casually shopping (as you can see in the instance below).

Screengrab via Reddit

The gimmick that seemingly allowed r/candidfashionpolice to exist for so long was this idea that the subreddit was a fashion critique community run by passionate fashionistas, as it once stated in the subreddit sidebar.

Screengrab via Reddit

In 2014,Jezebel writer Erin Gloria Ryan called attention to the subreddit. “Like herpes and harem pants, Creepshots just keeps coming back,” she wrote. “This time, it’s in the form of a fake fashion police forum that barely attempts to disguise the fact that it relies on the same tactics and features the same content that got its predecessor banned.

The news of the quarantine has not gone over well with the Reddit community.

Over the past two days, r/candidfashionpolice patrons have aired their grievances on a thread in a separate subreddit. Some have brought up the fact that NSFW subreddits such as r/Bestialityy (6,775 subscribers) r/incest (55,923), and r/BDSM (59,394) are still up.

In August, Reddit administrators created the category of quarantined subreddits, which are only accessible to redditors who opt into being able to see them.

We will quarantine communities whose content would be considered extremely offensive to the average redditor, wrote Huffman on Aug. 5.

This is an important distinction because a quarantined subreddit is not the same as one that’s been banned, such as r/creepshots. A quarantined subreddit can become visible to the masses so long as it follows the restrictions laid out onReddit’s help desk. One example isr/gore,which features a splash page warning visitors of what is to come.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Dawkins for further comment on the r/candidfashionpolice quarantine and will update this story as we learn more.

Update 3:49pm, Dec. 14: A Reddit community manager sent the Daily Dot the following statement:

“CFP [r/candidfashionpolice] was not taken down because it contained NSFW content. It was quarantined because it consisted of content dedicated to photos of people in public in order to sexualize them, better known as ‘creep shots.’”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct a quote provided by Reddit administrator Ashley Dawkins.

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