Reddit’s new CEO, Steve Huffman, tackled the issue of free speech on the “front page of the Internet” in an "Ask Me Anything" forum July 16, announcing the website was considering implementing new content restrictions and fielding questions from a live online audience that peaked at around 45,000.
Huffman, a co-founder of Reddit, replaced interim CEO Ellen Pao after she resigned in the wake of a user revolt triggered by the firing of an "Ask Me Anything" coordinator.
Pao, meanwhile, published an op-ed in the Washington Post July 16 in which she cautioned that "the trolls are winning the battle for the Internet," but "I'm rooting for the humans."
“Today we're announcing that we're considering a set of additional restrictions on what people can say on Reddit -- or at least say on our public pages,” Huffman stated in a post opening the online dialogue.
“As Reddit has grown, we've seen additional examples of how unfettered free speech can make Reddit a less enjoyable place to visit, and can even cause people harm outside of Reddit.”
He listed the type of content that would be prohibited:
• Anything illegal (i.e., things that are actually illegal, such as copyrighted material. Discussing illegal activities, such as drug use, is not illegal)
• Publication of someone’s private and confidential information
• Anything that incites harm or violence against an individual or group of people
• Anything that harasses, bullies or abuses an individual or group of people (these behaviors intimidate others into silence)
• Sexually suggestive content featuring minors