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Reddit's new CEO tries to clean up the 'dark side' of the site

John Ribeiro | July 15, 2015
Once regarded as a freewheeling discussion forum, Reddit is now struggling with creating rules to curb offensive and obscene content on the site, risking alienating a number of users, some of them concerned about protecting freedom of speech on the site.

The changes at Reddit reflect growing concern about bullying, harassment and other crimes on the Internet, which has forced other social media companies to also change their policies.

"You choose what to post. You choose what to read. You choose what kind of subreddit to create and what kind of rules you will enforce. We will try not to interfere....," Reddit's then CEO Yishan Wong had written in September last year, after the issue over the posting of naked images of celebrities to the site, to emphasize that the site was unlikely to change its liberal content policies. On Tuesday, he was one of the persons often quoted by critics of the changes at hand.

 

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