When the Web’s Chaos Takes an Ugly Turn


A forum on Reddit, a community and social news site, has set off a debate about privacy and free speech after it encouraged people to post covert photographs of women.

The latest controversy surrounds Reddit, a community and social news site that lets members create and run their own forums on any topic, from movie news to local politics to the sharing of beautiful nature photographs. Reddit has come under fire for harboring a forum that encourages people to covertly photograph women on the street and upload the images to the site for others to ogle and comment on. The pictures, nicknamed “creepshots,” incited outrage and provoked other members of the site and some journalists to publicly out those distributing the suggestive images. These actions, in turn, prompted an outcry from those who felt that they should be able to retain their own anonymity while posting photographs of women without their consent.

When the Web’s Chaos Takes an Ugly Turn

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