In Solidarity with API Changes Protest, Reddit’s Crypto Communities Observe Blackout
Crypto-centric subreddits including r/cryptocurrency, r/bitcoin, and r/ethereum joined more than 7,000 other communities by either going private or shifting to read-only due to planned changes in Reddit’s API pricing which would reportedly hurt app developers. Some crypto-skepticism subreddits also went quiet while more embracing communities, such as r/altcoin, r/NFT, and r/dogecoin, remained fully online. The Reddit blackout created stability issues for the platform and an apparent surge in reported issues for Reddit was seen on Downdetector. Users may have turned to Twitter, decentralized Twitter alternatives like Bluesky and Nostr, or Discord. Discord’s r/CryptoCurrency server has more than 38,000 members and has been untouched during the blackout.