Reddit CEO addresses Violentacrez controversy: ‘we will not ban legitimate investigative journalism’

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Reddit doesn’t really dictate how its corner of the internet is run, but CEO Yishan Wong has some strong suggestions for dealing with recent controversy: “We will not ban legal content even if we find it odious or if we personally condemn it,” he writes, in a leaked memo posted today and obtained by Gawker. He’s referring to the ongoing Violentacrez controversy, of course. Last week, that very same Gawker unmasked one of Reddit’s most unsavory trolls, posting his real identity for all to see. Allegedly, it cost Violentacrez his job. At the same time, Gawker sister site Jezbel ran a story which suggested that naming names was the only way to combat distasteful content like r/CreepShots, a place where “technically legal” upskirt photos…

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