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Reddit blackout: Read internal memo shared by CEO Steve Huffman addressing the issue

In the internal memo, as obtained by The Verge, Huffman seems to be assuring the employees that ‘this one will pass as well’. He is also asking Reddit employees to be ‘mindful of wearing Reddit gear in public.’

Reddit recently announced that it will charge third-party app developers for access to the site’s data. (AP)Premium
Reddit recently announced that it will charge third-party app developers for access to the site’s data. (AP)

Thousands of subreddits have gone dark on Reddit to mark their protest against the new API pricing policy. This has left millions of Reddit users unable to see posts from their favourite communities. As the protest continues, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has reportedly sent an email to its employees, telling them to block out the ‘noise’ and ‘keep moving forward’. 

In the internal memo, as obtained by The Verge, Huffman seems to be assuring the employees that ‘this one will pass as well’. He is also asking Reddit employees to be ‘mindful of wearing Reddit gear in public.’

Here’s the full text of the memo as shared in The Verge report

Hi Snoos,

Starting last night, about a thousand subreddits have gone private. We do anticipate many of them will come back by Wednesday, as many have said as much. While we knew this was coming, it is a challenge nevertheless and we have our work cut out for us. A number of Snoos have been working around the clock, adapting to infrastructure strains, engaging with communities, and responding to the myriad of issues related to this blackout. Thank you, team.

We have not seen any significant revenue impact so far and we will continue to monitor.

There’s a lot of noise with this one. Among the noisiest we’ve seen. Please know that our teams are on it, and like all blowups on Reddit, this one will pass as well. The most important things we can do right now are stay focused, adapt to challenges, and keep moving forward. We absolutely must ship what we said we would. The only long term solution is improving our product, and in the short term we have a few upcoming critical mod tool launches we need to nail.

While the two biggest third-party apps, Apollo and RIF, along with a couple others, have said they plan to shut down at the end of the month, we are still in conversation with some of the others. And as I mentioned in my post last week, we will exempt accessibility-focused apps and so far have agreements with RedReader and Dystopia.

I am sorry to say this, but please be mindful of wearing Reddit gear in public. Some folks are really upset, and we don’t want you to be the object of their frustrations.

Again, we’ll get through it. Thank you to all of you for helping us do so.

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Published: 14 Jun 2023, 11:36 AM IST
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