|Starting Monday, more than 7,200 subreddit forums staged a 48-hour blackout by going private and preventing non-members from viewing content or joining.
That protest appears to be lasting indefinitely, with many popular communities still choosing to remain locked.
So, what’s all this about? The blackout is a protest against recent changes to Reddit’s API pricing (the behind-the-scenes code which allows third-party apps to plug in Reddit’s content and functionality). The impact of these changes is leading popular Reddit clients like Apollo to shut down.
And it seems the strike isn’t blowing over the way Reddit CEO Steve Huffman suggested it would. He also vowed to keep “moving forward” with the changes that helped spark the protest in the first place.
But Huffman has warned employees not to wear Reddit swag in public in case they are targeted amid the revolt. And in a new interview with NBC, he said he plans to change the site’s rules to allow users to vote out moderators who are leading the protest.
Amid all of this, more than 2.6 billion Reddit subscribers are estimated to have been affected, and apps like Discord are perfectly positioned to pick up the slack.