Reddit communities plan protest on June 12 over API changes

Several Reddit communities will “go dark” this week in protest of changes that will impact most third-party apps that rely on the platform’s application programming interface, or API. The protest, which starts June 12, will see some subreddits convert to private communities, effectively shutting out users who did not join their group prior to the change. Some communities will fence off their groups for two days, while others say they will remain private until the platform addresses their concerns.  Addressing API-related concerns Those concerns include charging third-party developers tens of thousands of dollars for access to Reddit’s API, a move that could see some developers paying millions of dollars to continue supporting applications like Apollo and Narwhal. The price point was first detailed in a Reddit post published last week by Christian Selig, the developer behind Apollo, which replicates many of the same features as the official Reddit smartphone app with a few unique functions that have found favor with its devoted users. Selig says Apollo users implement hundreds of requests, or “calls,” through the API to Reddit’s servers on a daily basis. The price point Reddit has set for calls to its servers could see Selig paying $1.7 million per month simply to maintain Apollo as it is, he complained. “I don’t see how this pricing is anything based in reality, or remotely reasonable,” Selig said. “I hope it goes without saying that I don’t have that kind of money, or would even know how to charge it to…Reddit communities plan protest on June 12 over API changes

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