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Reddit bans revenge porn to avoid another 'Fappening'

You don't have to be a celebrity to demand that Reddit takes down your naked photos posted without your permission.

Even though most of the web probably wouldn't care what happened to your photos.

As part of a larger announcement posted on Reddit (opens in new tab) on Tuesday, it is now prohibited to post sexual photographs of people without their consent.

“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,” it says in the blog post.

“We also recognise that violent personalised images are a form of harassment that we do not tolerate and we will remove them when notified.”

The changes are somewhat Reddit’s reaction to last year’s The Fappening – a huge leak of nude photos and videos of various celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence.

The revised Privacy Policy will go into effect in two weeks, on 10 March, 2015, it says in the announcement.

The Fappening obviously pulled a lot of attention from the media, but also from the celebrities’ legal teams. Reddit was put under pressure and eventually took the images down. However, the site’s forums were left full of NSFW compromising photos of ‘normal’ people, which is why the site’s admins were criticised.

In the rest of the announcement, Reddit says it will start with a series of tutorials for moderators, as well as increase the team and hire new people.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.