Reddit blackout: Subreddits to go private on Monday

2023-06-09 17:51:45  • 4 mins

By Tom Gerken

Technology reporter

Thousands of Reddit communities will be inaccessible on Monday in protest at how the site is being run.

Reddit is introducing controversial charges to developers of third-party apps, which are used to browse the social media platform.

But this has resulted in a backlash, with moderators of some of the biggest subreddits making their communities private for 48 hours in protest.

Almost 3,500 subreddits will be inaccessible as a result.

A subreddit is the name given to a forum within the Reddit platform - effectively a community of people who gather to discuss a particular interest.

Reddit users - or Redditors - will typically join a variety of subreddits, rather than following individual users on other platforms, and see posts from these communities in their feed.

Reddit, unlike other social media sites, relies heavily on community moderation.

As well as a few paid administrators, the website relies on tens of thousands of unpaid moderators -known as mods - to keep the website functional.

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