One would think the side to take in the Gawker-versus-child-pornography-on-Reddit war would be an easy choice, but Gawker writer Adrien Chen's ban from the site has led to an Internet divide over the matter. A number of Reddit site moderators, for example (and maybe obviously), have rallied behind Violentacraz, who managed Reddit's "jailbait" section, which eventually got shut down because of a photo of a 14-year-old performing oral sex. In addition to the original list of subreddits seeking to erase Gawker media from their threads, the subreddit r/BanGawker, which posted a plea to ban Gawker links, has convinced a total of 28 threads to block all Gawker sites because of Chen's supposed threat to identify Violentacraz in a blog post. (It's worth noting that Reddit the site did not ban Gawker.) "Moderators are free to moderate their subreddits as they see fit," Reddit’s general manager Erik Martin told Betabeat's Jessica Roy. "They can ban all usernames that start with the letter g if they want.") This has escalated to far more than a Reddit-versus-Chen brawl, with Reddit attempting to protect its users' anonymity (and right to post inappropriate pics) and the rest of the Internet trying to protect themselves from those users.
Chen isn't the only one attempting to expose the people behind the inappropriate stuff that gets posted on Reddit. In an attempt to take down the subreddit r/CreepShots—where Redditors post photos of women (often in bikinis) without their permission—a female Reddit user started the Tumblr Predditors. Similar to Chen's possible outing of Violentacraz, the site attempts to provide accountability, matching real-life human identities to Reddit handles, outing "sexual predators that use Reddit." The site has worked, to an extent, getting r/CreepShots taken down because of a supposed personal threat to one of its moderators following a post written by Katie J.M. Baker at Jezebel (another Gawker media site) about Predditors.