Reddit Bans User Accounts After Receiving Takedown Requests From Sony Over Leaked Documents


sonyREUTERS/Toru Hanai A woman walks past a Sony Corp flat-screen TV at the company's headquarters in Tokyo January 22, 2009.

Reddit has banned individual user accounts, deleted posts, and banned a subreddit after receiving "less than a handful" of takedown requests for data leaked as part of the massive Sony Pictures hack.


Sony's internal documents and employee data has been shared online after a hacking group known as Guardians of Peace broke into the company's servers and stole over a 100 terabytes of information.

So far, over 200GB of documents have been posted online, and Reddit had served as a place for curious internet users to view the files.

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Reddit confirmed to Business Insider that it had complied with DMCA takedown requests for the leaked content, which led to the banned accounts and communities. However, Reddit points out that "discussions and news stories" about the hack were unaffected by the bans.

The SonyGOP subreddit had served as a hub for the leaked files, organizing download links for the documents. That subreddit is now banned, and its sole administrator's Reddit account has been deleted.


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Sony is embarking on a campaign to try and minimize the damage caused by the leaked files. On Sunday, Sony contacted news organisations to demand they cease publishing information contained in the leaks, and that they delete any copies of the documents.