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In an interview with "Axios on HBO," Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said the company supports pornography on its platform, as long as it's not exploitative.

Why it matters: Most other social media platforms — such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr — have banned pornographic content.

"You can look at [porn] as exploitative. And, indeed, much of it is. And that's not the content that we want on Reddit," Huffman said. "But there's another aspect that's empowering. And these are people sharing stories of themselves, pictures of themselves. And we are perfectly supportive of that."

  • "There are difficult decisions to make in this sphere, but we think they're worth making, as opposed to saying, you know, 'No sex at all,' for example," he said.
  • Of note: Twitter still allows pornographic content as well.

Huffman also spoke to Reddit's involvement in the GameStop frenzy. He told "Axios on HBO" he was proud of r/WallStreetBets, the forum on Reddit that was largely responsible for making GameStop's stock go haywire.

  • "That community exposed a gap between those who have access to the financial markets and those who are on the outside," Huffman said.
  • "In WallStreetBets you see a community, among many things, that is breaking in or trying to break through into that establishment."

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Police have not yet uncovered the motive for Thursday's mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility, where a gunman left at least eight people dead and multiple others wounded.

The latest: Police Chief Randal Taylor said Friday that the warehouse employed a "significant" number of Sikhs, AP reports, and the Sikh Coalition confirmed that members of its community were among those who were injured and killed.

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Russia will expel 10 U.S. diplomats and add eight current and former U.S. officials to its no-entry list in retaliation for sanctions that the Biden administration leveled at Moscow on Friday, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday.

Why it matters: The measures come after the U.S. said it would expel 10 Russian intelligence officers operating under diplomatic cover, as part of a broad package of sanctions retaliating against the SolarWinds hack of federal agencies and Russia's interference in the 2020 election.

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