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Reddit Unveils its Definitive Strategy to Address Moderator Protests

"Either you do what we ask or we take you out of the way."

Reddit Unveils its Definitive Strategy to Address Moderator Protests
Pedro Domínguez Rojas

Pedro Domínguez Rojas

Reddit has informed moderators of private subreddits that they will lose their mod status by the end of the week. According to The Verge, which obtained a series of messages between Reddit administrators and protesting moderators, the company states that if any moderator is interested in “actively moderating” their community, it will consider their request.

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These new messages from Reddit to the protesting moderators, regarding the changes made to the platform’s API usage policies, come after the company issued an ultimatum earlier this week, urging moderators to reopen their subreddits and threatening to take action if they failed to comply with this demand.

“After sending a modmail message on June 27, 2023, your mod team indicated that they do not wish to reopen the [subreddit name] community,” reads the message sent to moderators of at least two subreddits. “This is a courtesy notice to inform you that you will lose your status as a moderator in the community by the end of the week. If you respond to let us know that you are interested in actively moderating this community, we will take your request into account.”

Despite what the administration message states, the moderators did express their intention to reopen the subreddits, albeit with certain requested changes from Reddit. “We see no reason to reopen as we don’t believe we are the bad guys here,” says yoasif, a moderator of r/firefox who received the message, in an email to The Verge. “Reddit has had the chance to reconcile with the protest for weeks, and they haven’t done so.”

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Similar to what has happened in other communities, r/firefox has finally reopened after pressure from the administrators, although the way it has reopened is quite different from what one would expect: instead of returning as a subreddit about the Mozilla Firefox browser, the new community rules state that only discussions about red pandas are allowed. In one way or another, the protests on Reddit continue.

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Pedro Domínguez Rojas

Pedro Domínguez Rojas

Publicist and audiovisual producer in love with social networks. I spend more time thinking about which videogames I will play than playing them.

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