This week on The TechCrunch Podcast, I’m stepping in for the podcast’s usual host Darrell, and taking a closer look at what’s happening at Reddit. The popular social media company seems to be hell-bent on alienating as much of its user base as possible after introducing a policy that significantly increases the price of access to its API. The move may be a reaction to Fidelity cutting its Reddit valuation by more than 40% since its 2021 investment. In any case, the users ain’t happy.
Articles from the episode – about Reddit:
- Ivan reports that moderators are turning their communities NSFW
- Ivan reports that Reddit communities are adopting many forms of protest after the company threatens action on moderators
- Carly reports that Hackers threaten to leak 80GB of stolen Reddit data
- Ivan reports that Reddit’s CEO lashes out against the protest, moderators and third-party apps
- Ivan reports that hundreds of subreddits go dark indefinitely
- Morgan reports that thousands of subreddits protest the API pricing
- Sarah reports that the entire Reddit site went down after the protests started
- Sarah reports that Reddit’s CEO doubled down on his attacks on Apollo’s developer
- Sarah reports that Reddit app Apollo shuts down due to Reddit’s new API pricing
- Ivan reports that a bunch of subreddits started a protest against Reddit’s API changes
Non-Reddit news from the episode:
- Mark Harris reports that a whistleblower raised safety concerns about OceanGate’s submersible
- Tim De Chant reports on TC+ that Volkswagen’s breakthrough could spark a battery manufacturing gold rush
- Ivan reports that WhatsApp introduces a feature to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers
- Lauren reports that Netflix launches a website based on Streamberry, the fictional streaming service from “Black Mirror”
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Darrell is back in the host seat next week; thank you for hanging out with me for this episode!