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Jennifer Lawrence was one of the celebrities whose stolen images were uploaded to RedditGage Skidmore via Flickr / Creative Commons

Reddit wages war on revenge porn with new ban

Post-Fappening, the website has moved to outlaw nude images posted without the subject's consent

Recently we've seen police clamp down on stolen nude images and revenge porn, with the government making the seedy shaming tactic illegal in England and Wales. But the law doesn't always act as a deterrent – sometimes, other powers need to step up. That's why Reddit, the "front page of the internet", is banning users from posting nude images and video without their subjects' consent. 

Reddit was ground zero for last year's leak of hundreds of nude celebrity photos. After the images were uploaded to 4chan, they quickly spread to Reddit and leapfrogged into the public consciousness. Users congregated on a subreddit called /r/thefappening to share and discuss (read: perv over) the images.

The subreddit was eventually banned, although many criticised Reddit for taking too long over the decision. Five months ago, a Reddit system admin released a statement saying: "We hit new traffic milestones, ones I'd be ashamed to share publicly."

Today, Reddit announced that it would be cracking down on revenge porn across all subreddits. In a post addressed to users, it said:"Last year, we missed a chance to be a leader in social media when it comes to protecting your privacy – something we’ve cared deeply about since Reddit’s inception. At our recent all hands company meeting, this was something that we all, as a company, decided we needed to address.

"No matter who you are, if a photograph, video, or digital image of you in a state of nudity, sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct, is posted or linked to on Reddit without your permission, it is prohibited on Reddit. We also recognize that violent personalized images are a form of harassment that we do not tolerate and we will remove them when notified."

The ban will come into place on March 10 as part of its revised privacy policy. An update to the policy reads: "If you believe that someone has submitted, without your permission, to reddit a link to a photograph, video, or digital image of you in a state of nudity or engaged in any act of sexual conduct, please contact us (contact@reddit.com), and we will expedite its removal as quickly as possible."

So if you're thinking about using Reddit as a platform to be a total creepy dick, ain't gonna happen.