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How Reddit Has Been Forced to Evolve

When Reddit was founded 10 years ago, the iPhone wasn’t a thing. Neither was revenge porn.

As it has evolved, the user-generated news site known as a place of unfettered free speech has had to make tough decisions about what it allows within its forums. Earlier this year, the company banned users from posting revenge porn, or nude or sexual photos shared without the subject’s consent. This summer, following a dramatic user revolt that ultimately led to the firing of CEO Ellen Pao, Reddit laid out additional guidelines about what it wouldn’t allow. Under the new rules, a forum promoting rape was banned while other offensive forums were moved to an opt-in portion of the site.

In the video above, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian explains what the company has learned as it seeks to keep its user base thriving.


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