So after the Christchurch massacre, tech companies scrambled to purge their platforms of promotional materials that the shooter left behind. As we all know this is one of the most horrific event ever, “livestreaming a killing on facebook” i’m still trying to wrap my head around this whole thing.
Lots of social media companies have urged users especially twitter users to stop sharing the video. But if you’re on Reddit then i guess you know where to look to still find the video, the Reddit famous watchpeopledie is
the place to look, the subreddit service was sort of suspended in september 2018 but had since been active. The subreddit has a long history of sharing extremely graphic videos following tragic events and acts of violence, like the 2018 murder of two female tourists in Morocco.😞 After the New Zealand incident on thursday the subreddit service was lit🔥 on fire with users seeking the video which was shot in an fps manner( BTW who wouldn’t wanna see it).
After the flurry of interest, one the subreddit’s moderators locked the a thread about the video and posted this statement:
“Sorry guys but we’re locking the thread out of necessity here. The video stays up until someone censors us. This video is being scrubbed from major social media platforms but hopefully Reddit believes in letting you decide for yourself whether or not you want to see unfiltered reality. Regardless of what you believe, this is an objective look into a terrible incident like this.
Remember to love each other.”
After some users who know their way around managed to see the video they returned to the platform saying that the content was too disturbing and cautioned even their most violence-hardened peers from seeking the video. The subreddit remained active until some time late Friday morning Pacific Time, when Reddit banned the controversial community. A spokesperson for reddit came out to say that “We are very clear in our site terms of service that posting content that incites or glorifies violence will get users and communities banned from Reddit,” The subreddit is unquestionably grisly but remains surprisingly well-loved by some devotees, who insist that its graphic depictions of death are in fact life-affirming.
Oh and also Reddit banned the adjacent subreddits r/gore and r/wpdtalk (“watch people die talk”) on Friday as well.