What you need to know
- Thousands of Reddit communities are inaccessible for a 48-hour period to protest the platform’s harsh API pricing changes.
- The Apollo app, set to close June 30, can no longer afford to sustain operations after realizing it’d need to fork over $20 million per year to remain open.
- Reddit remains adamant about its decision and has shown no signs of changing anything.
Redditors are acting upon their choice to go dark on Reddit for the next couple of days in protest against the platform’s API decision. Reddit’s CEO Steve Huffman recently explained the upcoming API pricing changes for third-party apps, showing no signs of shying away. With them set to go into effect on July 1, Reddit’s changes will see prices skyrocket for third-party apps using the platform’s API to service its thousands and potentially millions of users.
The sharp increase is ludicrous, to say the least, and this is what caused one developer (among others) to speak up. Christian Selig, the creator of the Apollo app, posted on his application’s subreddit to discuss what was happening with Reddit and the proposed API alterations. With the new changes, Apollo would need to pay $0.24 for 1,000 API calls, and Selig states that at his app’s performance, that would see them paying $2 million per month, totaling the potential $20 million or more every single year.
At the time, Selig didn’t see a way to continue operating, stating, “This is going to require some thinking. I asked Reddit if they were flexible on this pricing or not, and they stated that it’s their understanding that no, this will be the pricing…”
Selig later posted again, this time on a sour note, alerting the Apollo subreddit of over 800,000 users that it would shutter its door on