This is the final post in a series of six on compliance issues with various online platforms. The first post was about YouTube. The second post was about Facebook. The third post discussed Instagram. The fourth post was about Twitter. Last week’s post covered Snapchat. Today’s post, the sixth and final post in the series, is about Reddit.
Reddit is a web-based forum where users share links to news, photos, and videos, as well as engage in social media-style discussion threads. Founded in 2005, Reddit has become one of the most visited websites in the world. The platform is set up as a variety of user-generated community boards called “subreddits.” These subreddits cover a wide variety of popular culture, current event, and special interest subjects.
Users submit posts and comments to posts on the subreddits, which other members reward as valuable contributions to the conversation with “up-votes” or indicate as irrelevant or unhelpful with “down-votes.” The site is intended to be self-regulating, with strict rules in place about anti-harassment. However, abusive and inappropriate content and user conduct is an ongoing issue on Reddit, which leads to sometimes heavy-handed moderation practices and controversy about the balance between restraint on expression and community protection.
- Advocacy of consumer-driven standards for privacy online – Internet privacy reform will be driven by consumers: Reddit co-founder
- Design ethics of Reddit’s first user interface redesign since 2008 – The Inside Story of Reddit’s Redesign
- Reddit and Bitcoin payments – Reddit No Longer Accepts Bitcoin
- Reddit policies (or lack thereof) on abusive or offensive speech – Open racism and slurs are fine to post on Reddit, says CEO
- Moderation of disruptive content such as meme wars – Reddit Is Reeling from a Massive Meme War https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a3y3vk/reddit-is-reeling-from-a-massive-meme-war
- Banning of fake advertising – Reddit Banned Me. So Why Didn’t Google And Facebook?
- Ethical implications of AI-assisted fake videos – Why Reddit’s face-swapping celebrity porn craze is a harbinger of dystopia
- Cybersecurity and data privacy – Reddit now offers two-factor authentication to all
- Banning of suspicious accounts – Reddit bans 944 accounts linked to Russian troll farm
- Reddit’s role in the internet’s moral register – Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet
Hopefully this series on compliance and online platforms has been interesting and informative. Check back in the future for further posts which will address this same rich and complex area of risk management in the digital era.