On the other hand, it can be incredibly expensive to take legal action. Somethingawful.com has had hilarious legal threats in the past. They remain my favorite for frivolous letters. Go to for customer support calls that go in this direction. “I`m sorry, but now that you`ve threatened legal action, I can`t help you anymore because I don`t legally represent the company.” Remember the human being. Reddit is a place to create community and belonging, not to attack marginalized or vulnerable groups of people. Everyone has the right to use Reddit without harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence. Communities and users who incite violence or promote hatred on the basis of identity or vulnerability will be banned. In fact. I was on the other end, doing my best to give the individual a way to resolve the issue amicably, hence the warning, but when that didn`t work, I was forced to go through the legal system.
While there may be some overlap between the enforcement of these rules and Reddit`s content policy, the moderator`s actions are completely independent of the distances made by Reddit admins. Lol, my lawyer`s first piece of advice is: “Put it in writing” if something goes wrong, not “Don`t talk to the other party”. I deal with people who file lawsuits every month, it`s 99.999% a bluff, so I partially agree. I work in the claims business and I am threatened with legal action every day. My ready-made answer is, “OK, since you told me you were seeking legal action, I will wait for your lawyer`s letter of representation and respond appropriately at that time. While I don`t even seem to be giving legal advice on whether or not to seek the advice of a lawyer, I`m going to end the conversation now. Once they realize I`m the person making the check, I get a reminder that says “Oh whatever” This might be the case for some people, but I personally warned one person that if X isn`t corrected by Y, it becomes a legal matter – and then I succeeded. I believe Reddit`s standard answer of “lawyer, delete Facebook and go to the gym” applies here. Reddit`s response to these requests is shown in the graph below. Note that all requests from the European Union came from Europol, with the exception of 1 from Germany (content that was not made available by the requesting country for legal reasons) and 1 from Denmark (content that was completely removed from Reddit due to content policy violations). It reminds me of a court case in Sweden years ago.
A man went to the social welfare office and asked for financial support. The employee refused his request for assistance. He got angry about it and said, “I`m going to fuck you tonight.” She filed a complaint with the police and threatened to rape her. In the criminal trial, he was acquitted because the court considered it to be a promise of sexual relations (consensual, I suppose) and not a threat of rape. Reddit regularly denies subpoenas from private parties and attempts to restrict them in order to obtain subscriber or transaction information that is not accompanied by a court order. Reddit also regularly contradicts a legal process with private parties designed to expose anonymous speech online and attempts to restrict it.