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 https://www.reddit.com/r/candidfashionpolice 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).
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