Reddit communities go dark amid backlash to new data policy

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Moderators of some of the most popular communities on Reddit went “dark” Monday to protest the social network’s decision to charge some third-party apps for the use of Reddit data.

Public access to some subreddits — the term for message boards on the website — including r/apple, r/sports and r/funny was restricted Monday as part of the protest. Users attempting to log on to those communities ran into a version of the same message: Moderators had shut down pages “as part of the coordinated protest against Reddit’s exorbitant new API pricing” and “in solidarity with numerous people who need access to the API.”

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