Thousands of Reddit pages went dark on Tuesday in protest of the company’s new third-party app policy. The policy, which was announced last week, would ban third-party apps from accessing Reddit’s API unless they are approved by the company.
Reddit users and moderators argue that the policy would stifle innovation and make it more difficult for users to access Reddit on their preferred devices. They also say that the policy is unnecessary, as there are already several third-party apps that are approved by Reddit.
In a statement, Reddit said that the policy is designed to protect users’ privacy and safety. The company said that it will work with developers to ensure that approved apps meet its standards.
However, many users and moderators remain unconvinced. They say that the policy is a thinly veiled attempt by Reddit to control the way that users access its platform.
The protest is the latest in a series of challenges that Reddit has faced in recent months. The company has been criticized for its handling of harassment and hate speech on its platform. It has also been accused of censorship.
It remains to be seen how Reddit will respond to the protest. The company could reverse the policy, or it could try to force users to comply. Whatever the outcome, the protest has shown that Reddit users are willing to stand up for their rights.