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 lead 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 reported 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 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!

Reddit vs Redditors and other TC news by Haje Jan Kamps originally published on TechCrunch