Reddit Is Taking Steps To Prevent Another 'Fappening'

The site announces a new policy to combat nude photo leaks.

One of the biggest celebrity nude photo leaks of all time took place last August, and now Reddit is taking steps to ensure that "The Fappening," as it was called, won't happen again.

On Tuesday (Feb. 24), a team of Reddit officials posted a message on the subreddit /r/announcements describing a series of updates to the site's 9,000 and growing active communities.

Along with new hires and mod tutorials, the team announced a new policy regarding unauthorized nude photos, like those leaked of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting last year.

"No matter who you are," the post reads, "if a photograph, video, or digital image of you in a state of nudity, sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct, is posted or linked to on reddit without your permission, it is prohibited on reddit.

"We also recognize that violent personalized images are a form of harassment that we do not tolerate and we will remove them when notified. As usual, the revised Privacy Policy will go into effect in two weeks, on March 10, 2015."

Since Reddit is owned by Condé Nast -- the media company that publishes Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, The New Yorker, Glamour, Lucky, and many other magazines that rely on positive relationships with celebrities of J-Law's caliber -- I have to wonder whether these changes are the result of pressure from the top.

But whatever the reason, releasing someone else's nude photos without their permission is the worst (please tell me you know this), so it's a good thing that Reddit is taking a stand against it.