Thousands of subreddits have decided to go dark, protesting against new API policies and pricing that could've wiped out third-party apps for the site. But Reddit's management, led by CEO Mike Huffman, didn't back down.
In a memo to employees, Huffman confidently stated that the protest would fizzle out, and Reddit would stick to its guns.
When the blackout didn't stop after a couple of days, Reddit started putting pressure on moderators and private subreddits. They even threatened to shut down communities unless they changed the visibility of their groups to “public”.
One such example is the /r/steam subreddit, which has a whopping 1.88 million users. The moderators there decided to reopen the forum, probably to avoid facing the consequences. As a result, you'll find more discussions about Steam as a technology rather than the gaming platform itself.
Needless to say, this move by Reddit has ruffled some feathers. Moderators expressed their concerns on the ModCoord subreddit, and users are already testing out alternatives to Reddit, with Lemmy being a popular contender. So, will Reddit's tough stance lead to a migration of users to other platforms? Only time will tell, but for now, it seems like the Reddit drama is far from over.