I know you're all getting tired of the modposts, but I have a very important message for everyone in askreddit.
Over the past few weeks, there has been a person (I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that there's only one person sick enough in the world to do this) creating new accounts and spamming child pornography in links on askreddit.
To the users who have had the misfortune of clicking these links, I want to offer my sincerest apologies. It's not fair to you to be exposed to that, and it's not fucking funny.
If you happen to stumble onto one of these links anywhere on reddit, please notify the mods of the subreddit and the administrators, and just be aware that this is happening (i.e. be extra careful when clicking links in askreddit.)
Thanks again everyone who has been letting us know and for your patience. Once again, i'm sorry for the excessive modposts.
A lot of you have been asking about laws. I can't answer them for sure, but slicklizard posted this article related to the topic. http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/08/11602955-viewing-child-porn-on-the-web-legal-in-new-york-state-appeals-court-finds?lite. (I Promise, this isn't CP.)
Also for full disclosure, we're all going completely on the honors system with this. If you see it, tell us. We're going to be shooting first and asking questions later on these kinds of links.
We know that there's a problem because enough different people have let us know about it, but none of us are actually clicking these links to verify that it's CP. So please just continue to be honest with us about it. I'm sure you all can understand why we wouldn't want to make sure someone isn't lying about this kind of thing.
The question was asked if the offenders were using a typical image host. No, they look like they're using uncommon hosting (the last one was imagebanana).
I'm seeing a lot of blame going around to 4chan, SA, 9gag and even SRS.
There's no reason right now to believe that this is anyone except one individual who needs treatment. Any accusations only serve as meaningless speculation, so let's please not demonize any of these groups.
I may not have made this clear enough. Askreddit is not being inundated with child porn. You're not in any more danger today of clicking a CP link in askreddit than you were yesterday. Enjoy participating in askreddit discussions with the understanding that this is a forum open to any amount of people to post things like this. The mods and admins do care and we're doing everything we can to fix the problem.