Reddit, the self-proclaimed"front page of the internet," is experiencing some turbulence right now, as thousands of subreddits have gone dark in protest over the site's planned API pricing.8,000 subreddits, with a combined non-unique subscriber count of nearly three billion people, went either private or read-only today, meaning the vast majority of users can't browse or post in those forums. That's rendered the site a lot less useful than it was a week ago.
The move seems designed to either dramatically squeeze the pips of these outside applications, or force those apps to shut down over costs and drive more people to the official Reddit app, something the company would perhaps like to see ahead of its long-predicted IPO this year. Apollo, for one, has said it will shut down on June 30 as a result of the steep API pricing.
While those subreddits were gradually switching to private mode – a process that has to be done manually by moderators – Reddit itself started going dark, too, with the site returning"failed to load" errors or just going full 404. Redditit was suffering an IT breakdown, and said within an hour that it was"observing improvements," though instability continued.
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