Reddit has taken over the popular male fashion advice subreddit, r/malefashionadvice, after the moderators of the subreddit refused to reopen it in protest of the platform’s new API pricing changes.
The API changes, which took effect in June, have made it more expensive for third-party apps to access Reddit data. This has led to a number of popular apps, such as Apollo and Reddit Is Fun, being forced to shut down or make significant changes.
The moderators of r/malefashionadvice, one of the largest subreddits on the platform with over 5 million subscribers, decided to protest the API changes by closing the subreddit to new posts and comments. They also encouraged users to move to other platforms, such as Discord and Substack.
Reddit responded to the protest by issuing a warning to the moderators, stating that they were in violation of the platform’s moderator code of conduct. The warning gave the moderators 48 hours to reopen the subreddit or face the consequences.
The moderators refused to reopen the subreddit, and on July 20, Reddit took over the subreddit and removed the existing moderators. The subreddit is now being run by a new team of moderators appointed by Reddit.
The takeover of r/malefashionadvice is a major escalation in the conflict between Reddit and its moderators. The moderators have accused Reddit of trying to stifle dissent and silence critics of the platform’s policies. Reddit has denied these accusations, saying that it is simply enforcing its rules and protecting the integrity of the platform.