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Reddit’s controversial “Jailbait” section shut down by moderators

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You may not realize Reddit, that online aggregator for all things viral/important to men in their early twenties, has some sketchier sections, if all you look at is the homepage. But, like anything that relies on user submission, the site can get just as sleazy as its sleaziest user — which explains the subreddit Jailbait, which was infamous for posting pictures of "legal but sexualized images of teenagers," many of which seem to come from social-networking sites, a fact that doesn't exactly scream " with subject's consent."

If you think that sounds super disgusting: good for you, you are not a scumbag! And you can also take a bit of pleasure in the news that the section was recently shut down:

The problems began after internal power struggles led to the ouster of a number of moderators at the subreddit, /r/jailbait. Their replacements attracted the attention of Reddit admins.

According to Reddit’s general manager, Erik Martin, these new moderators “had been repeatedly banned from reddit for various reasons” and the situation in the subreddit “was out of control.”

…Martin banned the subreddit.

Martin won't comment further on whether or not the moderators were actually breaking the law, but the top moderator of the Jailbait section — great way to spend your time, bro, cool choices! — is standing his ground that the banning was unjustified.

Reddit and its users are well known for a commitment to free speech on the site, even if certain sections or topics are morally questionable, and this move has outraged many who feel this is a move of the slippery-slope variety. What's next, banning the subreddit about beating women? (Which is 100% real.) Reddit need only hold itself to its own internal standards — there's no inalienable right to posting on Reddit — but moves like this could put off a base that gets particularly ornery when it comes to censorship.