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Reddit vows to resist censorship: 'We stand for free speech'

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Reddit has vowed to resist censorship following calls for distasteful content to be removed from the website.

The social news service's chief executive Yishan Wong said that no legal content will be pulled from the site because to do so would be a violation of free speech.

"We stand for free speech," he said. "We are not going to ban distasteful subreddits."

Reddit has come under fire of late for allowing users to share images of women who were photographed without their knowledge.

Gawker recently exposed the identity of one of the service's worst offenders. Michael Brutsch created subreddits featuring sexualised images of under-age girls and women photographed in public.

Both sections have now been shut down, but Wong has insisted that this will not set a precedent, vowing that other "distasteful" sections will remain.

"If someday, in the far future, we do become a universal platform for human discourse, it would not do if in our youth, we decided to censor things simply because they were distasteful," he said.

However, Wong was quick to point out that Reddit will continue to ban the posting of personal information because it "incites violence and harassment."

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