Reddit Banned /r/DrugStashes

Reddit banned the DrugStashes subreddit for violating sitewide rules against transactions involving prohibited goods or services. A former moderator of the subreddit has already launched /d/DrugStashes on Dread.

The DrugStashes subreddit served as a platform for users to post pictures of their drug collections. Moderators described the subreddit as a place to “[b]oast with your own chemical collection or just peek into other’s.” Uploading pictures of drugs to a public platform appears to violate all lessons from OPSEC 101.

The Banhammer

The Banhammer

Law enforcement examines relevant pictures in their investigations. For example, Homeland Security Investigations identified the darkweb vendor Canna_Bars after spotting a high-resolution fingerprint in a picture of marijuana uploaded by the vendor. Canna_Bars had included his hand in several pictures of marijuana uploaded to this Imgur album.

One of the pictures uploaded by Canna_Bars

One of the pictures uploaded by Canna_Bars

The subreddit moderators knew the risk associated with the types of pictures uploaded to /r/drugstashes, though. They warned users to “use imgur or reddits built-in image hoster. Both delete and don’t save Exif data.” A pinned post warned users about law enforcement using identifying pictures against users.

A warning about the FBI on the DrugStashes subreddit

A warning about the FBI on the DrugStashes subreddit

Reddit banned the DarknetMarkets subreddit in 2018 and the DarknetMarketNoobs subreddit in late 2019. Both subreddits moved to Dread, further enforcing Dread’s position as the Reddit of the darkweb. Dozens of similar subreddits launched counterparts on Dread after Reddit dropped the 2018 ban-hammer.

/u/cyrilio, a former moderator of DrugStashes and current moderator of /r/drugs, /r/researchchemicals, /r/pillreports, and dozens of similar subreddits, created a subdread for /r/DrugStashes. The new subdread, /d/DrugStashes, is available here: dreadditevelidot.onion/d/DrugStashes.


Below is Reddit’s content policy as it applies to transactions on the platform:

Content is prohibited if it uses Reddit to solicit or facilitate any transaction or gift involving certain goods and services.

You may not use Reddit to solicit or facilitate any transaction or gift involving certain goods and services, including

When considering a gift or transaction of goods or services not prohibited by this policy, keep in mind that Reddit is not intended to be used as a marketplace and takes no responsibility for any transactions individual users might decide to undertake in spite of this. Always remember: you are dealing with strangers on the internet.


DrugStashes explicitly forbid posts that violated Reddit’s content policy. Their rules:

Any drug solicitation, sourcing, mentioning or linking to vendors for any reason in this subreddit will result in an immediate banning.
This includes links to legal drug vendors and PM requests/offers. Joking about meeting up with people or communicating privately in response to posted images is also forbidden.

If in doubt, then DON’T. If your post, or a reply to it would make it easier for someone to get drugs, it’s not permitted

If you notice sourcing, unpleasantness or anything else out of place, please use the report button under the offending post.

The moderators of the banned darknetmarkets subreddit forbid similar posts and constantly posted warnings for all 150,000 or more users to see. Reddit still banned the sub and did so without warning. The ban immediately followed an update to the content policy.


Reddit’s exact (perhaps unofficial) position on drug-related subreddits is hardly clear enough to futureproof a community. General discussion and general harm reduction appear to be safe for the time being. However, some of the subs banned in 2018 included harm reduction communities for specific drugs. With previous bans in mind, it is not difficult to imagine an expiration date for /r/darknet and /r/deepweb (even though the moderators of both subreddits are great at enforcing the rules).

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how fucking stupid

What a bunch of fucking morons uploading to Reddit anyway. Good Riddance 🔥

meth 9000

all because the vendor meth9000 wanted to keep doing direct deals with people on reddit

reddit moment

just goes to show how low the intelligence of the average reddit user is. byebye.

MrJones

Remember the good ole days of Rollcall?

Fuck Dread

Fuck Dread and any of the markets they're associated with.

SpezSucksChildCock

The over sensitive cucks at Reddit have been slamming down the ban hammer on many subreddits. They just destroyed their most popular sub of all time: r/the_donald. The CEO, Spez, literally edits peoples posts without their knowledge (he admitted it). Fuck reddit.

comedy gold

ENHANCE!

kek

reddit junkies SEETHING

Jesus H Trump

I'm totally on the "lets ban 9000" train

ban 9000

9000 is such a troll its not even funny

lowkey

dammnnnn so my second best reddit post of all time with nearly 400 upvotes is now gone forever.

onlyones

you all welcome on onlyones.net

fuckreddit

fuck reddit

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RIP_Meth_9000

Yes it was me!!!! its all my fault!!!!

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cyrilio

Me and Borax have already tried getting in touch with reddit admins to get the sub unbanned. Don't have high hopes, but who knows.