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Privacy alert! Popular social media site may be letting FBI spy on you

Have you heard about Reddit? It's a popular social media site where users can sound off on all sorts of different topics, share funny GIFs and memes, and get answers from celebrities, news-makers and public figures in the "Ask Me Anything" forums.

Reddit caters to a wide range of users from the harmless to the sleazy. It's the site where nude celebrity photos get posted and it spawned the hacking group Anonymous. However, a whole bunch of Reddit users are up in arms about a recent change to the network's privacy policy.

Last week, Reddit removed a paragraph in its transparency report regarding "warrant canary" that stated it had never received surveillance requests from the government. Surveillance requests, also called a National Security Letter, mean the FBI can watch website users without court approval.

Reddit hasn't come out and said anything about it yet, but many of the network's users believe that Reddit is now subject to FBI surveillance and investigation since receiving a National Security letter earlier this year. That means it could be handing over loads of personal user data.

Worse yet, it's all happening under a blanket of secrecy:

"I've been advised not to say anything one way or the other,"  a reddit administrator named "spez," who made the update, said in a thread discussing the change. “Even with the canaries, we're treading a fine line.”

Neither Reddit nor the FBI are responding to media requests. Edward Snowden has even chimed in on Twitter:

What do you think of National Security letters? Is it vital for national security or a huge overreach? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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