In an AMA (Ask Me Anything) discussion on the site, Reddit's new CEO, Steve Huffman, announced some changes to the policies governing what is and isn't acceptable to post on the website. He started off by talking about how in the early days, there was no clearly defined policy about what is acceptable, and it was left solely to his discretion whether to ban someone or not. As the site grew this became impossible, so the company adopted a model of "Don't ask / Don't tell," essentially leaving anyone to post anything at all.
Earlier this year the company made its first attempts at censoring toxic behavior in the community by banning non-consensual pornography. This change has been widely accepted within Reddit's community, and the company credits the rule's success and acceptance with the fact that the behavior was clearly defined as unacceptable.
Soon, Reddit will be extending the list of content deemed inappropriate and unacceptable. Going forward. the company will not tolerate the following:
Spam posts. Posts that are illegal for Reddit to host, such as copyrighted materials. (Discussing illegal activities is not considered banned material.)Releasing anyone's private information such as addresses or personal contact information. There will be no tolerance for anyone who posts anything calling for violence or harm. Harassment, bullying or abuse of any individual or group is not acceptable. Anything depicting sexually suggestive content featuring minors.
Other topics are allowed, but only if the user opts in. Any content that would be considered adult in nature, such as pornography or things that would be generally considered indecent, must be labeled NSFW (not safe for work). Content with such a label will not show up in search results, nor will it appear on the main page of the website. This has technically been in place since the early days of Reddit, but it is now being made into a formal policy.
The changes have not taken effect yet. The company is still deciding the fine details of how certain terms will be defined, and what is considered to be causing harm, but this announcement is largely to set expectations as to what the official rules will be.