Reddit shut down a 400,000-person community devoted to videos of people dying after users posted footage of the New Zealand mosque massacre
Reddit banned the r/watchpeopledie, r/gore, and r/WPDTalk subreddits following the mass shooting that killed at least 49 people in New Zealand.
The r/watchpeopledie subreddit had more than 400,000 users and featured videos and photos of executions and accidental deaths.
A Reddit spokesperson told INSIDER that “posting content that incites or glorifies violence will get users and communities banned from Reddit.”
Users in two of those subreddits posted images and videos from the mass shooting.
Reddit banned three communities — including the r/watchpeopledie and r/gore subreddits — on Friday, following the mosque shooting in New Zealand that took 49 lives and injured dozens of others.
The third banned subreddit, r/WPDTalk, was for discussion of what went on in the r/watchpeopledie subreddit.
The bans, two of which were reported by BuzzFeed News, were instated because the subreddits violated Reddit’s content policies, a spokesperson told INSIDER.
“We are very clear in our site terms of service that posting content that incites or glorifies violence will get users and communities banned from Reddit,” a Reddit spokesperson told INSIDER. “Subreddits that fail to adhere to those site-wide rules will be banned.”
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The seven-year-old r/watchpeopledie subreddit often featured videos of terrorist executions, accidental deaths, and war footage. It had more than 400,000 subscribers, and was was quarantined for the past five months, meaning it was difficult to access and didn’t generate advertising revenue for the company.
The r/gore subreddit, with more than 50,000 subscribers, included user-submitted photos and videos of real-life blood and gore.
Users in both subreddits posted images and videos of the mass shooting on Thursday night, according to BuzzFeed …read more
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