Tech News Summary:
- Thousands of Reddit communities have gone private in protest of the social media platform’s controversial charges to developers of third-party apps.
- Almost 3,500 subreddits will be inaccessible due to the protest, including five of the site’s top 10 most popular communities.
- Third-party apps like Apollo will shut down as a result of new fees introduced by Reddit; some subreddits may remain inaccessible until the social media platform retracts its changes.
In a bold move of protest, some major subreddits on the popular social media platform Reddit have gone private. This move is part of the Reddit Revolution, which is aimed at addressing the issue of the platform’s stance on hate speech.
The subreddits that have gone private include r/AskReddit, r/science, r/music, r/movies, r/books, r/history, r/gaming, and others. These subreddits have a combined membership of over 150 million users.
The decision to go private was taken by the moderators of these subreddits, who have been frustrated with the platform’s lack of action against hate speech. They believe that going private will help to draw attention to the issue and force Reddit to take action.
The Reddit Revolution began after the platform’s CEO, Steve Huffman, admitted that the platform had not done enough to tackle hate speech. Huffman’s statement came after several subreddits were banned for promoting hate speech.
The moderators of the subreddits that have gone private have released a joint statement, saying that they are taking this action to stand in solidarity with those who have been affected by hate speech on the platform. They have also called on Reddit to take stronger action against hate speech and to provide better support to moderators.
The Reddit Revolution has sparked a heated debate on the platform, with many users voicing their support for the protest. It remains to be seen how Reddit will respond to this latest development, but it is clear that the issue of hate speech on the platform is not going away anytime soon.