Thousands of subreddits plan to go dark over API changes in Reddit

More than 100 subreddits have gone dark and thousands more are planning to do so in the wake of upcoming API changes in the social discussion platform Reddit.

According to Reddark, which tracks Reddit protests, the protests are happening due to API changes that will force many third-party apps, such as Apollo, to shut down.

Earlier, Reddit CEO Steve Hoffman hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session to discuss controversial changes to the platform’s API, confirming that Reddit isn’t planning to revive the upcoming API price changes that have caused many developers to announce they’re They will close their apps. .

At the hearing, Hoffman continued his accusations against Apollo, calling the developer, Christian Selig’s (Apollo app developer), “behavior and communications” as “ubiquitous” and saying he doesn’t see Reddit working with the developer as well, TechCrunch reported.

Selig was among the first to point out that Reddit’s new pricing for the API would effectively make it impossible to keep the Apollo app running, explaining that doing so would cost him $20 million a year — money the app doesn’t make.

Other third-party apps, such as Sync, RIF, and Reddplant, are also closed.

Since the AMA, some subreddits have escalated their response.

Meanwhile, Reddit is laying off at least 90 employees and reducing new hire as part of restructuring plans to cut costs.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the layoffs will affect five percent of the company’s 2,000-strong workforce.

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