Reddit is under a civil war of sorts as moderators have shutdown huge chunks of the website. These said moderators are revolting against the sacking AMA coordinator Victoria Taylor. Also Read - Reddit Talk the Clubhouse-like audio product launched for subreddit community
Taylor was essentially the person behind the Ask Me Anything sessions, and was among the most visible figures of the company. Her sacking is said to be a corporate decision, but one that was completely unexpected for her colleagues. One of the moderators, /u/karmanaut, wrote, “Today, we learned that Victoria was unexpectedly let go from her position with Redd’t. We all had the rug ripped out from under us and feel betrayed.” Also Read - GameStop rescued from short sellers thanks to the Internet: Here's what happened
The moderators started out by making the popular r/IAMA subreddit private, which means only moderators can access it. This was followed by shutting down other subreddits like /r/AskReddit, /r/Books, /r/science, /r/Music, /r/gaming, /r/history, /r/Art, /r/videos, /r/gadgets, /r/todayilearned, /r/Documentaries, /r/LifeProTips, and /r/movies. Also Read - WATCH: This Reddit user captured a wholesome moment on PUBG PC
While Reddit hasn’t revealed why it sacked Taylor, the alleged reason comes from a different source. Responding to a question regarding the Reddit shutdown, Quora’s head of business and community teams, Marc Bodnik said that Taylor was against Reddit’s plans to make AMA more commercial. At the time of filing the story though, Bodnik has deleted the answer.
Interestingly, the revolt is not only a consequence of Taylor’s sacking, but as a result of deeper problems with the management. Another moderator Gilgamesh explains,
As much as Victoria is loved, this reaction is not all a result of her departure: there is a feeling among many of the moderators of reddit that the admins do not respect the work that is put in by the thousands of unpaid volunteers who maintain the communities of the 9,656 active subreddits, which they feel is expressed by, among other things, the lack of communication between them and the admins, and their disregard of the thousands of mods who keep reddit’s communities going.
It is not clear how long the standoff between the moderators and Reddit’s higher-ups will last. In the meantime, a group has put together an exhaustive list of subreddits that are private, shut, or have halted their activities. You can find the list here.