Last week I posted that Reddit was hosting a child rape subreddit and had been for 3 years. 3 years. It had not been banned even during the controversy over Reddit CEO Steve Huffman’s editing of posts in /r/The_Donald. The day after my article, it was finally banned.
It was not possible to access the subreddit as it was private to members only. Nor would I have tried to access it as the public description was as set out right and I would not have wished to risk committing an offence by viewing it.
Whilst it is pleasing that Reddit acted unusually quickly after the media inquiry, it is regrettable that no action was taken in the preceding three years. Reddit clearly needs to raise its game on identifying and removing child abuse material.