Reddit Does Some Soul Searching After Nude Celebrity Photo Hack


Reddit‘s traffic was off the charts. In fact, there were so many people flocking to Reddit, a site that normally gets more than 1 billion pageviews each month, that it was actually in danger of crashing. Unfortunately for the team at Reddit, those eyeballs weren’t looking at high-profile Ask Me Anything interviews or hilarious viral videos — they were looking for nude celebrity photos.

One or more hackers stole nude or semi-naked images from multiple celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, and posted the private photos to 4chan last Sunday. The images then spread to a subgroup on Reddit known as “The Fappening,” a masturbation reference. That Reddit page quickly became a hotbed for user activity, and the new frontline in the Internet’s never-ending battle between decency and free speech Read more…

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via Mashable

Seth Fiegerman


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