Reddit CEO Steve Huffman defends controversial API changes
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has addressed the controversy surrounding the company’s recent API changes in a public Ask Me Anything (AMA) discussion. The API modifications have prompted several popular third-party Reddit apps to announce their closure, leading to discontent within the community. While Huffman promised improvements to Reddit’s own app, he appeared reluctant to address concerns about pricing and other contentious issues that have fueled user dissatisfaction.
In his AMA post, Huffman emphasized the need for Reddit to operate as a self-sustaining business and explained that the company could no longer subsidize commercial entities that heavily rely on large-scale data usage. He acknowledged that some apps, including Apollo, Reddit is Fun, and Sync, found the new pricing model unsuitable for their businesses and would cease operations before the pricing changes take effect.