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# the fappening
Reddit has finally banned the page that was hosting the leaked celebrity nudes
The Fappening is no more.

A REDDIT FORUM, which served as the central hub for hosting the celebrity nudes that were leaked one week ago, has finally been banned by Reddit.

The subreddit, entitled The Fappening, was created immediately after the mass leak. In Reddit’s own words, it “was used as one of the primary centers of distribution of private and unlawfully obtained images of celebrities.”

Reddit took the decision to ban the subreddit after it violated the site’s policies and distributed photos of an underage McKayla Maroney.

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As for why it wasn’t banned before now? Reddit wrote a blog post yesterday outlining both the ethos of the site and explaining their policy of not banning questionable subreddits.

We uphold the ideal of free speech on reddit as much as possible not because we are legally bound to, but because we believe that you – the user – has the right to choose between right and wrong, good and evil, and that it is your responsibility to do so. When you know something is right, you should choose to do it. But as much as possible, we will not force you to do it.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 – not because we don’t care, but because we care that you make your choices between right and wrong.

Virtuous behavior is only virtuous if it is not arrived at by compulsion. This is a central idea of the community we are trying to create.

Yesterday, the creator of The Fappening hosted an AMA on Reddit and he didn’t seem all that pleased with the site’s decision to remove the subreddit.

I am not happy. If they banned my sub on Sunday(or even Monday after we broke the servers) I would be fine with it. But, they made a decision that seems based on what their lawyers say, rather than what is best for the site.

He further stated that he wanted the forum to continue.

Being part of reddit history is why I want this sub to continue. We have had the fastest growing sub of all time, and more than 250,000,000 page views in less than a week. I want this to keep going.

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