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  1. It's Reddit's biggest overhaul of its search field and results in a while. Reddit now supports comment searches, but that's not the only improvement to the search feature. On Thursday, Reddit announced a significant overhaul to search functionality on its website. Comments are fully searchable for the first time, and other improvements have been made to ensure more robust, comprehensive, and useful search results. Reddit says that this is the first time in the site's 16-year history that everything is searchable, from users to posts to communities to comments. Users can also search for comments within specific subreddits, allowing for more targeted searches than looking for a term across all of Reddit. To access comment searches, click the "comments" tab at the top of the results page once you've typed in a query in the search bar located at the top of the website. Also, the search results page has a new look on both desktop and mobile. Previously, users had to take alternative approaches like going to Google with a site:reddit.com search to look up comments. Reddit says this was one of its users' most requested features based on a survey it ran. Searches are less restrictive with matching results—like allowing different spellings of a word to still show up for your search. And Reddit claims it improved the search tool's ability to guess user intent. It's also worth noting that Reddit changed the criteria for ranking search results on your results pages. The amount of interactions a post receives plays a key role in how high it appears in your results, meaning you'll see the most popular posts near the top. These changes seem to be part of an overall effort to make it easier to find content outside the subreddits you already follow; Reddit introduced a new discovery tab in its mobile app earlier this year. Thanks to a search page overhaul, you can now search comments on Reddit
  2. International music industry group IFPI has submitted its recommendations for the EU's upcoming 'Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’. As expected, the report flags YouTube rippers, cyberlockers and torrent sites. However, messenger platforms and social media sites such as Discord, Reddit, Telegram and Twitter, are also seen as top enforcement priorities. Following the example of the United States, the EU started publishing its very own piracy watchlist a few years ago. This ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’ is put together by the European Commission. As in the US, it relies on stakeholder groups to nominate several problematic sites and services for inclusion. The third iteration of the EU watchlist will be published towards the end of the year and several interested parties have already submitted their nominations. This includes the music industry group IFPI, which represents roughly 8,000 music companies around the world. IFPI submitted a 36-page document that begins by highlighting the harm piracy does to the music industry. This includes economic harm affecting investments in the industry and talent development. The report then continues with examples of concrete threats. Not surprisingly, the list of problematic sites and services includes YouTube rippers, direct download sites, cyberlockers, and torrent sites. However, another category of platforms is seen as an even bigger enforcement challenge. IFPI Flags Top Piracy Problems According to IFPI, a group of social media platforms and messenger services have become increasingly problematic. Platforms such as Discord, Reddit and Telegram are often used to share and sell pre-release content, which is a top concern. “Although there are huge numbers of services that infringe our members’ rights, due to the grave economic harm caused by pre-release piracy, the services mentioned above – Discord, Reddit, and Telegram – are considered enforcement priorities for the music industry and are a particular focus in this submission,” IFPI writes. The music industry group notes that social media can also be beneficial to artists. However, it has seen an emergence of platforms where pirates exploit these services to share infringing content in recent years. This content isn’t necessarily stored by these ‘social’ platforms. Groups of pirates often share links to external cyberlockers such as Dbree and Onlyfiles that don’t respond to takedown requests. IFPI discusses several platforms in more detail, stressing that the operators should do more to prevent piracy. Shutting down servers, groups, subreddits and channels where pre-release content is shared, should be a top priority. Discord Discord is seen as a serious concern because there are several servers, often private, where people share pirated music. This also includes pre-release content that is occasionally sold through the platform. “Most notably and problematically for the music industry, Discord has rapidly become an underground marketplace for the distribution and crowd funding of stolen, unreleased or prerelease content, through so-called ‘Group Buys’. This is where users use a Discord server to operate an auction to sell unreleased or pre-release content,” IFPI notes. The infringing content is often stored on external sites but IFPI believes that Discord contributes to the problem. Since many of the groups are private, the platform is also hard to monitor, so the scale of the infringing activity could be even larger than has been detected to date. The music industry group stresses that Discord should to more to police its platform and prevent illegal activities. When bad actors are found, they should be banned and prohibited from reappearing on the service. Reddit Copyright infringement is a problem on Reddit too, according to IFPI. The popular social media platform is used to discuss virtually every topic imaginable and pre-release music piracy is no exception. This includes dedicated ‘leak’ communities. “We have detected many instances of pre-release content distributed across the platform, including on leak-specific subreddits. REDDIT is used in combination with other services such as Discord and Twitter to promote the distribution of pre-release content,” IFPI writes. Reddit is well aware of the copyright issues on its platform and responds to takedown requests. It also has a repeat infringer policy and permanently banned 2,813 users and 2,625 subreddits last year. The music industry is aware of these efforts but believes it can do more. Ideally, it wants the platform to take “proactive” steps to prevent piracy. “Reddit needs to take further steps to identify and address the illegal sharing of content, especially pre-release content, on the platform,” IFPI notes. Twitter and Telegram While Reddit and Discord are not typical pirate sites, IFPI is listing them hoping that this will trigger the companies to take action. It previously did the same with Telegram, which subsequently took action against infringing channels and bots. However, IFPI’s latest recommendation notes that Telegram’s efforts are just a start; more should be done. “While this [takedown] process appears to be working, it barely tackles the problem given the large amount of infringing content remaining on the platform, including via bots, and because of right holders inability to find the infringing content in the first place,” IFPI writes This also applies to Twitter. The social media platform removed hundreds of thousands of tweets, but IFPI also wants the company to prevent “future infringements.” “Twitter still does not take steps to prevent future infringements of content that has been notified. Consequently, IFPI and its member companies spend a significant amount of time and resources identifying and notifying reappearances of the same content.” ‘EU Law Requires a Proactive Stance’ Preventing something that hasn’t happened yet might sound complicated but we assume that the music industry is again hinting at upload filters. Upload filters are a familiar topic in the EU, as they are indirectly required by the DSM Directive, which was adopted in 2019. Under European law, online service providers either have to obtain licenses or take proactive steps to prevent infringing content from reappearing on their platform. IFPI notes that many of the aforementioned platforms and services claim that “safe harbor” legislation protects them from being held liable. However, that is not necessarily the case in Europe. “[The DSM Directive] is particularly relevant to many social media services with infringing functionalities since it confirms that they have to modify their EU-facing operations and either get licensed for the music content made available on their platforms or ensure that no such unlicensed content is available there. “While Europe led the way in providing this clarification, it is evident that many services, notably some based in the US, often view their obligations as limited to compliance with US safe harbour laws and not the new EU standards of protection,” IFPI adds. — A copy of IFPI’s submission for the European Commission’s ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’ is available here (pdf) Music Industry Flags Discord and Reddit as Primary Piracy Threats
  3. There's no web version yet, though. The Reddit mobile app doesn't often get big updates, but this week was an exception, with the company adding a new "Discover Tab" and menus for managing subscriptions. In a blog post announcing the feature, Reddit says that one in five users joined at least one new community after using the Discover Tab. Jason Costa, Reddit's director of product for content and communities, offered the following statement in the blog post: We’re ushering in a new era of discovery on Reddit, with images and video top of mind. We’re making discovering relevant content and communities more intuitive with the Discover Tab. It’s a great new way for people to explore and engage with hundreds of thousands of communities around the world. The Discover Tab is now in the top-level app navigation, replacing the communities and subscriptions tab. Tapping it brings you to a scrollable grid list of Reddit content from a variety of subreddits you may not already be following. Reddit says the Discover Tab populates content based on both the subreddits you already follow and how much time you spend in them. So if you spend a lot of time in r/OLED, the tab will likely show content from other home theater or display tech subreddits. On the other hand, if you are subscribed to r/Xbox but don't visit it much, you might occasionally see content from, say, a Halo subreddit, but not as much as you'd see from a topic you engage with frequently. Reddit says it won't use demographic data like age, gender, or location to make decisions about what content to show you in the Discover Tab—it's purely based on your past Reddit browsing and engagement. You can also drill down on categories like "technology" or "sports." And you can give feedback on individual pieces of content with options like "show me more of this content," "show me less of that content," or "hide that content," which will affect what appears in the tab in the future. There are a number of other changes, too. For example, many of the features from the communities and subscriptions tab can now be found by swiping from the left. From there, you'll have the option to access functionality on subreddits you moderate, sort and customize your communities, assess the list of Redditors you follow, and of course, go to the r/all entry point. This is all in the official Reddit app for iOS and Android, of course. There are several third-party Reddit clients, but Costa told The Verge that there are "no plans to expose an API at this time." The Discover Tab also won't be available on the web version of Reddit in the immediate future. The new tab is in the process of rolling out to Reddit's Android and iOS users now, though not everyone will see the update pop up at the same time. Reddit’s iOS and Android app gets its biggest update in years
  4. We spoke with Reddit’s director of product for community and content about the new feature Reddit today introduced a new Discover tab feature for the official Reddit iOS and Android apps. The new feature curates pictures, GIFs, and videos in a scrollable grid to help Reddit users find new content and communities that they may be interested in, in a way that’s reminiscent of Instagram’s explore page or Pinterest. The Discover tab replaces the Communities / Subscriptions tab in both iOS and Android as the second icon on the bottom, represented by a compass icon. While this means that now you can’t access a list of your subscribed communities from the bottom, fret not — you can still get to your subscribed community list by swiping in a drawer from the left (and yes, r/all is still there). There’s also a new slide-over from the right for your profile, where you can change your online status, look at your posts, and more. “The corpus of content and communities on Reddit is pretty vast,” said Jason Costa, Reddit’s director of product for community and content. Costa described Reddit as traditionally having a heavy emphasis on text-based expression, yet Costa believes that there was an opportunity to showcase the rich multimedia content within communities as context. “(i)n particular, there’s not really a place on Reddit where you can go and easily discover great video content, great imagery content, great GIF content,” Costa said. Reddit was evaluating the use of the Communities button, and Costa said that’s how the location of the Discover tab came to be. Since the profile slide-over from the left already existed, the subscriptions list and favorites were moved there. “We think the community drawer is a real improvement over the existing tab,” Costa said. Discover tab helps you find new communities using pictures / videos. You can scroll through topics on the top from left to right. Image: Reddit “I personally think users are going to discover and join more communities as a result of this. And I think the old and new Redditors alike are gonna find really interesting and compelling content that resonates with them.” Costa said. In testing, users that tried the Discover tab subscribed to at least one additional community vs. those that didn’t use it, “which is exactly what we were hoping for,” Costa explains “they would discover, and... traverse the breadth of the corpus of content communities on the site. So you know, that alone, as a signal, gets us really excited for you know, what old and new users are going to do with [it].” The Discover tab kind of feels like a replacement for r/all, but it turns out the longtime cumulative subreddit of all subreddits is sticking around. Costa confirmed Discover is not a replacement for r/all and that they will continue to coexist, saying, “I think Discover tab is a pretty unique and differentiated experience.” The Discover tab adjusts to your current interests, so If you subscribed to a lot of football subs and spend a lot of time in baseball subs, you’re going to start seeing more sports-related content in the Discover tab. Old Community tab VS the new Discovery tab Finally, with regards to third-party Reddit clients like Apollo, Relay, and BaconReader, it looks like the Discover feature won’t make it there: “You know, I think we’re thinking through more broadly this year, what our developer platform strategy could look like. But for the Discover tab, specifically, no plans to expose an API at this time,” Costa said. Reddit’s new Discover tab pushes the app into the modern social media era
  5. How to access Reddit on mobile without signing-in or using the Reddit app It is not uncommon to find Reddit links in the results of Internet searches. If you click on a link to Reddit, one of two things may happen: the actual page on Reddit may open right away, and you may read the original post and the replies right away, or, the content may be blocked and you may get a prompt to either sign-in to an account or use the official Reddit app to access the content. The first scenario happens on the desktop, the second exclusively on mobile at the time of writing. The screenshot below (on the left) shows the prompt that mobile users may get when they open a page in a mobile browser without being signed-in. It appears that the content is not blocked for all mobile users, but only a subsection of users. Reddit states "to view posts in r/*** you must continue in Reddit app or log in" in that case. Others may see the list of topics in a subreddit or the homepage, but any tap on a link opens a sign-up page. Reddit wants users to use the app on mobile or sign-in at least. While the company has not revealed why it is putting a block in place for some mobile users, it is likely that it wants more information about its users to boost revenue on the site. As a user, it is a nuisance, especially if you followed a link to a specific discussion as you may have no interest to sign-up or install the official app just to read that one page on the site. Ways around Reddit's mobile blocking If you just want to access the content without having to sign-in or use the Reddit app on mobile devices, then you have the following options to do just that- Option 1: "Old" Reddit Reddit maintains two versions of the site currently. The new version that is loaded by default, and an old version. The latter may be removed at one point in time, but it works fine currently. The old version does not enforce the use of the app or an account to access content on the site. Even better, it is very easy to access, especially if you are on Reddit already. All you have to do is replace the www part of the address with old, e.g. https://www.reddit.com/r/windows10/ with https://old.reddit.com/r/windows10. Option 2: Desktop Reddit Instead of using the old version of Reddit, you may also load the desktop site. Some mobile browsers support this out of the box; this is the case for Brave or Firefox. Just select Menu > Desktop Site in those browsers to request the Reddit desktop site instead of the mobile site. Downside to this is that the desktop site is not optimized for mobile use. Option 3: A different browser If you have multiple browsers installed, you may get the full view in some while others may be blocked. On my device, Reddit was blocking access in Brave by default but not in Firefox. Firefox displayed all posts and there was no block in place. Closing Words You may also install a third-party app, but many of those may display advertisement by default. Only some users experience the blocking of the content, those may use any of the methods listed above to access the content on Reddit without signing-in or using the official application. Source: How to access Reddit on mobile without signing-in or using the Reddit app
  6. The researchers used NLP to analyze discussions on a range of subreddits The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic increased discussions about anxiety and suicide on Reddit, according to a new AI study by MIT and Harvard University researchers. The team analyzed conversations on 15 subreddits focused on mental health issues, along with 11-non-mental health forums, such as r/PersonalFinance. They first used natural language processing algorithms to find negative semantic changes in posts from 826,961 different users. Next, they applied unsupervised machine learning to classify the posts into their support groups. Finally, they used unsupervised methods, such as topic modeling, to assess how mental health concerns had changed across Reddit since the first wave. They discovered an overall rise in anxiety and suicide-risk levels, and varying other mental health impacts in the different subreddits. “We found that there were these natural clusters that emerged related to suicidality and loneliness, and the amount of posts in these clusters more than doubled during the pandemic as compared to the same months of the preceding year, which is a grave concern,” said study lead author Daniel Low in a statement. The borderline personality disorder and PTSD group became particularly associated with the suicidality cluster, while a new cluster surrounding self-harm also emerged. The r/HealthAnxiety forum showed spikes in posts about COVID-19 in January, around two months earlier than other support groups. Overall, the mental health groups related to ADHD and eating disorders showed the most negative semantic change, which could be due to lockdowns making these conditions particularly hard to manage. But the most adverse effects were found in r/PersonalFinance. The researchers believe this type of textual analysis could help mental health professionals or forum moderators support people who are suffering during other stressful situations — such as controversial elections. “Reddit is a very valuable source of support for a lot of people who are suffering from mental health challenges, many of whom may not have formal access to other kinds of mental health support, so there are implications of this work for ways that support within Reddit could be provided,” said study co-author Laurie Rumker. You can read the study paper in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Source
  7. Reddit Piracy Takedowns and Subreddit Bans Skyrocketed in 2020 Reddit's latest transparency report reveals that the number of copyright takedown notices it receives continues to rise. Last year, 375,774 pieces of content were removed following copyright holder complaints. This is a 300% increase compared to the year before. At the same time, Reddit's repeat infringer policy resulted in 303 users and 514 subreddits being banned. With millions of daily users, Reddit is without a doubt one of the most visited sites on the Internet. The community-oriented platform has “subreddits” dedicated to pretty much every topic one can think of, including several that are linked to online piracy and related issues. A few years ago copyright holders paid little attention to these discussions. In 2017, the site ‘only’ removed 4,352 pieces of content in response to copyright holders’ complaints. Three years later, however, this number has skyrocketed to hundreds of thousands. This surge in takedowns is highlighted in the social media platform’s latest transparency report, published just a few hours ago. The company reports that it received a total of 86,866 takedown notices, which resulted in 375,774 pieces of content being removed. This is a 300% increase compared to the previous year. While the number of takedown notices and removed content has skyrocketed, Reddit also rejected many complaints. Last year, the site decided not to remove roughly 27 percent of the 517,054 items that were flagged. The reasons to reject takedown requests vary. The vast majority were duplicate requests, but Reddit also refused takedowns because an entire subreddit was targeted, the reported link wasn’t a Reddit URL, or simply because no infringement was found. In addition to links and other content taken down, Reddit also reports how many users and subreddits were removed from the platform on copyright grounds. This typically happens when they are classified as repeat copyright infringers. “We have a policy that includes the removal of any infringing material from the Services and for the termination, in appropriate circumstances, of users of our Services who are repeat infringers,” Reddit writes. In 2020, Reddit removed 303 users following repeat copyright infringement complaints, which is a small increase compared to last year. The number of subreddits that were taken down under this policy saw nearly a fourfold increase, from 137 in 2019 to 514 last year. In the past we have seen several instances of subreddits being removed for repeat copyright infringements, including /r/mmastreams. Other subreddits, such as /r/piracy, were repeatedly warned and had to clean house in order to survive. Finally, Reddit also received several 143 counternotices from users who argued that their content had been removed without a proper reason. It’s not clear how many of these were reinstated. All in all, copyright takedowns only result in a small fraction of all content that’s removed from the platform. In total, Reddit admins and moderators removed more than 225 million pieces of content for a variety of reasons. — The full 2020 transparent report, which also covers law enforcement requests, is available here Reddit Piracy Takedowns and Subreddit Bans Skyrocketed in 2020
  8. Sky Wins Injunction to Stop Reddit Moderator Sharing Pirated TV Shows UK broadcaster Sky has won a court injunction to prevent links to its TV shows from being illegally shared online. Handed down by a court in Scotland, the interim order targets a man who moderated several TV-focused communities on Reddit while raising funds through Patreon and PayPal. Reddit is one of the largest sites on the Internet, playing host to thousands of communities dedicated to every conceivable topic. Most of these communities run along smoothly, causing no issues for their members, the site, or any entity further afield. However, when persistent copyright infringement raises its head, trouble can appear on the horizon. UK Broadcaster Sky Takes Action Against Reddit Moderator Sky TV is one of the largest broadcasters in the UK, home to channels including Sky One, Sky Arts, Sky Atlantic, Sky News, Sky Cinema and Sky Sports. To view the majority of Sky channels, special equipment and a subscription package are required. However, if watching individual TV show episodes from Sky is your thing, it’s perfectly possible to head over to Reddit and access links to free pirated copies posted to numerous TV-focused communities, some of which were moderated by a user known as ‘Cherzo’ (later ‘Cherzo1’) According to an action filed by Sky in a Scottish court, Cherzo1 was the moderator of three sub-Reddits – r/UKTVLAND, r/notapanelshow, and r/UKPanelShowsOnly – which together had more than 51,000 subscribers. Cherzo also had a YouTube channel with more than 95,000 subscribers. According to Sky, all of these platforms were used to infringe the company’s copyrights. “The means by which the defender is averred to have breached the pursuer’s copyright is by Cherzo1 encouraging readers of the Subreddits to post requests for links to UK television programs and thereafter by the provision of hyperlinks to a Google Drive containing a copy of the requested content,” Sky’s complaint reads. “Those hyperlinks, which are provided by Cherzo1, are visible and clickable by all readers, and clearly labeled to allow the user to identify the content that is being hyperlinked.” Sky says that Cherzo1 breached its rights in many TV shows including Gangs of London, Cop Squad, Thronecast, The Russell Howard Hour, Portrait Artist of The Year, and A League of Their Own. Sky Alleges ‘For Profit Piracy’ In evidence to support its action, Sky states that Cherzo1 was motivated by money, receiving payments from fans and followers via Patreon and directly into his PayPal account. “[Cherzo1] has over 111 ‘patrons’ being users who contribute money to him. The account offers five payment tiers ranging from £1 plus VAT per month to £17 plus VAT per month,” Sky informed the court. “The ‘About’ section on the Patreon account states as follows: ‘I have a YouTube channel and Reddit account that i use to post UK Panel Shows mostly, i need to have patreons to get computer equipment and online space to continue this, i would also like to get sources for recording shows to post, such as subscription to TV packages or IPTV Servers [sic]’.” According to Sky, Cherzo1 didn’t make a great effort to hide who he was. The broadcaster says it was able identify the Reddit moderator as Alex Cherrie from North Lanarkshire in Scotland by various means, including the name on his PayPal, Steam, and Facebook accounts. Additionally, Sky was able to match Alex Cherrie to a number of dormant Sky accounts which provided them with his physical and email addresses. Sky Demands an Injunction Against Cherzo1/Cherrie In order to curtail Cherzo1’s activities, Sky asked the court to hand down an ‘interdict ad interim‘, a term used in Scotland to describe an interim injunction. The broadcaster asked the court to order Cherzo1 to stop uploading copies of broadcasts, stop posting hyperlinks to shows on Reddit and anywhere else on the Internet, and forbid him from assisting any third party to do the same. A court will grant an interim interdict if it believes there is a prima facie case against the defendant. The court found that on first view and based on previous EU rulings, Sky’s copyrights had been breached and although proof of financial gain isn’t necessary to show infringement, it had been shown that Cherzo1/Cherrie had benefited financially. The court was also persuaded that Cherzo1/Cherrie had knowledge that his conduct was infringing. Sky had sent takedown requests to Reddit and the defendant subsequently published a notice informing users not to reference “Sky” in TV show requests. YouTube had responded to Sky’s complaints by closing Cherzo1/Cherrie’s account. Order Handed Down “The defender’s activities demonstrate infringement on a large scale,” Lady Wolffe wrote in her judgment handed down yesterday. “The defender has in excess of 51,000 users across the Subreddits and had 95,000 users on the YouTube Account. The number of users of the Subreddits continues to grow: between July and November 2020 there had been a 17% growth in numbers. “There could be no legitimate purpose in the defender’s activities on the two online platforms other than to benefit financially from his repeated copyright infringements. Infringement at this volume materially impairs the pursuer’s business model. “I find that, collectively, these factor support the balance of convenience and the grant of the interdict ad interim in the terms sought,” Lady Wolffe concluded. Anyone found breaching such an order could be subjected to a fine or even imprisonment. Sky Wins Injunction to Stop Reddit Moderator Sharing Pirated TV Shows
  9. Reddit Users Targeted For Pirating OnlyFans and Other Subscription Model Images Platforms such as OnlyFans allow content creators, including those working in the adult space, to post content and earn money from fans. Others prefer to go it alone with their own subscription-based services but inevitably some consumers prefer to get that content for free, via illegal uploads to sites like Reddit. That, however, is not without legal risk. The growth of the Internet has enabled millions of content creators to more directly address their fans. Platforms such as YouTube, for example, create a more personal fan experience but content of a more risqué nature is better placed elsewhere. Founded in 2012, OnlyFans is a subscription content platform based in the UK. Content creators using the service can earn money from subscribing fans, who pay for content on an ongoing basis and may also contribute valuable additional tips. Importantly (and unlike YouTube), OnlyFans doesn’t shy away from adult-orientated content such as more explicit photographs and videos. Of course, any content that can be uploaded to OnlyFans can be re-uploaded elsewhere without the creator’s permission. It’s the same type of piracy experienced by almost every player in the multimedia space but due to the small filesizes in content such as pictures, pirated content is very easily spread. The question is what to do about that, if anything. Uploading to Social Media Since many people sharing OnlyFans content do so fairly casually, social media platforms such as Reddit are an easy option. The site accepts image uploads and there are large quantities of sub-Reddits dedicated to specific content creators, who are also trying to sell their work on OnlyFans. While this exposure may help sales in some instances, when dozens of photographs are uploaded for free, there’s less of an incentive for people to subscribe. Also, since legal action against unlicensed uploaders is not commonplace, there’s little incentive for people to stop pirating either. This week, however, TF spotted a couple of actions filed in a US court that may give some pirates pause for thought. DMCA Subpoena Filed in California Against Reddit On March 9, 2020, lawyer Jason Fischer sent a DMCA takedown notice to Reddit, informing the platform that his client, adult performer Natasha Noel (NSFW), is the copyright owner of various photographs and video content published through her OnlyFans account and other social media platforms. According to the notice, dozens of these items were uploaded to Reddit illegally and as a result, Reddit should take the content down. While that is nothing out of the ordinary, it appears that Noel and her lawyer want to take things further. On March 23, 2020, Fischer filed a DMCA subpoena application on Noel’s behalf in a California district court, listing the same set of URLs detailed in the Reddit DMCA takedown notice. This time around, however, the lawyer was seeking more than just content removal. “This law firm has the privilege of representing Natasha Noel, owner of the copyrights in and to certain materials that been infringed through use of the online services provided by Reddit, INC,” the document reads. “Pursuant to the DMCA, we respectfully request that you execute the enclosed subpoena directing Reddit’s records custodian to disclose users’ identities.” The information requested is described as “any and all information” in Reddit’s possession pertaining to the identity of the “individuals who posted the images and content previously appearing [at the URLs in the DMCA takedown notice].” For the sake of clarity, Fischer then lists everything he expects Reddit to hand over, including usernames, account names, users’ actual names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, IP addresses (including dates and times of access), and all billing information. What Fischer and Noel intend to do with this information isn’t clear but having gone this far, it seems likely that some kind of legal action or pressure will follow. Identifying a leaker will be useful in its own right but deterring further leaks among Noel’s community of fans might prove more valuable. Second DMCA Subpoena Filed Against Reddit On the same day, Fischer filed another DMCA subpoena application, again against Reddit, this time on behalf of model and MMA fighter Valerie Loureda. Unlike Noel, Loureda does not sell her content on OnlyFans but goes direct to her audience via her new website loveloureda.com. Ordinarily, fans would need to pay $9.99 to see Loureda’s glamour shots but visitors to Reddit’s /r/Valoureda have been getting that content for free – until the sub-Reddit was banned for generating “excessive copyright removals.” Precisely when the sub-Reddit was banned isn’t clear but Fischer sent DMCA notices containing dozens of infringing URLs on March 20 and March 22. In common with the DMCA subpoena filed on behalf of Noel, he is now seeking to identify in detail the Reddit users who uploaded the content, including their email and IP addresses. Again, it’s unclear what Fischer and his client intend to do with the information but having put in some effort, it’s unlikely to end particularly well for any uploaders who Reddit is available to identify. TorrentFreak contacted Jason Fischer for additional information, including whether he’s representing other independent content creators and details of his plan for the uploaders, but at the time of writing we were yet to receive a response. The DMCA subpoena applications and supporting documents can be found here (1,2,3) Reddit Users Targeted For Pirating OnlyFans and Other Subscription Model Images
  10. Reddit has published new data which shows that 124,247 pieces of content were removed following copyright takedown notices last year. This is a fivefold increase compared to the year before. For the first time, the site also reported details on its repeat infringer policy which resulted in 283 users and 137 subreddits being banned. Reddit is without doubt one of the most visited sites on the Internet. The community-oriented platform has “subreddits” dedicated to pretty much every topic you can think of. These result in a constant stream of discussions and links, all generated by the site’s users. While most links remain within the boundaries of the law, on occasion users share copyright-infringing material. This means that, as required by law, Reddit also has to process a steady stream of takedown requests from rightsholders. To give the public insight into the process and volume, Reddit started publishing a transparency report in 2014. At the time, the company received roughly one takedown notice every other day of which more than half were rejected. However, times have changed. In the most recent report, published a few hours ago, the company states that it received 34,989 copyright notices last year, which resulted in 124,247 pieces of content being removed. This is a five-fold increase compared to the year before and 20 times more than in 2017. “The content Reddit removed for copyright infringement in 2019 amounted to around a 500% increase from the 26,234 pieces of content removed in 2018, and increased by over 2000% from the 4,352 pieces of content removed in 2017,” Reddit writes. For the first time, Reddit also reports how many users and subreddits were removed from the platform on copyright grounds. This typically happens when they are classified as repeat copyright infringers. “Sometimes a repeat infringement problem is limited to one user and we close just that user’s account. Other times, the problem pervades a whole subreddit community and we close the subreddit,” Reddit explains. In 2019, Reddit removed 283 users following repeat copyright complaints and 137 subreddits were taken down under this policy. This includes the popular mmastreams subreddit, which we reported on previously. While the number of takedown notices and removed content has increased dramatically, Reddit also rejected a significant number of complaints. Last year, the site decided not to remove 46,427 pieces of content, which is roughly 27 percent of the total volume. The reasons to reject takedown requests vary. The vast majority were duplicate requests, but Reddit also refused takedowns because an entire subreddit was targeted, or simply because no infringement was found. Reddit reports that one copyright holder retracted a takedown notice. In addition, the site received seven counternotices from users who disputed a claim, after which three items were restored. All in all the transparency report shows that the number of takedown notices is skyrocketing. While this might be a sign that more copyright infringement is taking place, it’s also very likely that rightsholders are paying more attention to the site now. It’s noteworthy that some of the language used in Reddit’s report has been updated as well. In the first transparency report the site wrote that “links do not generally infringe copyright” as they link to content on external websites. That mention is no longer present. Source
  11. Like many online platforms of late, Reddit has been updating some elements of its policies for the new decade. The latest change sees the site address impersonation on its platform, moving to ban it with a handful of exceptions. The move falls in line with the desire to limit the spread of misinformation, therefore the new policy update could affect things like deepfake videos that are not made for comedy, but rather to share false information. As such the one significant exception to this policy update from Reddit is that it will still allow impersonation on its platform provided it is satirical in nature. “Reddit does not allow content that impersonates individuals or entities in a misleading or deceptive manner. This not only includes using a Reddit account to impersonate someone, but also encompasses things such as domains that mimic others, as well as deepfakes or other manipulated content presented to mislead, or falsely attributed to an individual or entity. While we permit satire and parody, we will always take into account the context of any particular content,” reads the company’s updated policy. How Reddit will be able to effectively screen and determine the level of satire for impersonation in each and every case remains to be seen, especially with similar large sites like YouTube also failing to always enforce policies such as this effectively. That said in 2018 the platform explained that impersonation was the second lowest class of policy violation that year, accounting for 2.3 percent of reports. Whether that number has increased significantly over the past few months thanks to deepfakes is unclear. Regardless this latest move shows that Reddit is taking impersonation and misinformation on its platform seriously. Reddit tells any of its users who suspect they are being impersonated on the site to visit this link and report it. Source
  12. The official Reddit client for Windows is now available for download on Microsoft Store. Unfortunately, it is not a native app, Reddit has packaged its website into a PWA. When you open this new Reddit app, you will be presented with Reddit desktop web experience as you can see in the screenshot above. Reddit is the place where people come together to have the most authentic and interesting conversations on the internet—Where gaming communities, nostalgic internet forums, bloggers, meme-makers, and fandoms mingle alongside video streamers, support groups, news junkies, armchair experts, seasoned professionals, and artists and creators of all types. You can download the Reddit app here from Microsoft Store. Official Reddit app now available for download from Microsoft Store
  13. Reddit Orders ‘SaveVideo’ Bot to Shut Down or Face Lawsuit u/SaveVideo was a Reddit video downloader bot that helped users download and save videos from Reddit. The service was used by millions of people but according to its operator has now shut down following an ultimatum from Reddit. "The gods of Reddit have decided and I am obliged to obey or risk a lawsuit," SaveVideo announced yesterday. Reddit is one of the most popular sites on the Internet, ranking 19th in the world and 8th in the United States according to Alexa data. The social sharing website is built around users submitting text, images, and videos, allowing users to vote on content and pushing the most popular items to the top. While much of Reddit’s content is hosted externally, millions of items of multimedia content are hosted locally – unless users make use of services designed to help them download it to their own machines. Video Saving Bots Are Popular When locally-hosted videos appear on Reddit, users can call on help from so-called ‘downloader bots’. These automated tools allow people to download videos and similar content to their own machines, meaning that they can be viewed without the use of Reddit. Once liberated, this content can also be uploaded to other platforms, if the user desires. According to an announcement yesterday, Reddit appears to be running out of patience with these tools. The operator of a bot called ‘SaveVideo‘ said that they had been contacted by Reddit who advised that if the service isn’t shut down, serious trouble could lie ahead. Massively Popular ‘SaveVideo’ Ordered to Close ‘SaveVideo’ (which operates from the RedditSave.com domain) is a decently sized operation by any standards. SimilarWeb stats indicate that since the start of the year, RedditSave.com has attracted a steady 10 million visitors per month. But now, however, the show is over. “It has been a great pleasure to serve you all in the past few months. However, as they say, All good things must come to an end,” its operator writes. “The gods of reddit have reached out to us. They do not want us to continue this service any longer.” The operator of the bot service says they have complied and as a result, the SaveVideo and RedditSave bots have been shut down. What is more surprising is that this doesn’t appear to have been a simple request from Reddit but one that was supported by the threat of legal action. “The gods of reddit have decided and I am obliged to obey or risk a lawsuit,” the bots’ operator explains. Additional Information is Sparce TorrentFreak contacted the bots’ operator yesterday but at the time of writing we have yet to hear back. Reddit hasn’t yet responded to our inquiries either so in the meantime, questions remain as to what the bots did wrong. (Update: Reddit has commented, see below) The Reddit voting system generates ‘karma’ points for successful/popular submissions to the site and in this respect, SaveVideo certainly isn’t lacking. At the time of writing it has 354,677 comment karma and 7,479 post karma, so its popularity isn’t question. However, as we have seen with last year’s attack on YouTube-DL, tools that allow people to download content from sites aren’t always popular with rightsholders. In this case, no external rightsholders are cited as the cause by the bots’ operator but from the information supplied, that cannot be ruled out. Most Reddit users commenting on the shutdown are taking the stance that it is Reddit’s admins who have threatened legal action but the announcement certainly leaves room for other scenarios too, including repeated complaints from copyright holders. SaveVideo Has Been Suspended Before Five months ago, the SaveVideo bot went down unexpectedly only to return 72 hours later with a brief message. “I am back from a 3-day ban,” SaveVideo wrote, without providing additional details. A month ago the bot service went down again, this time for a whole week. “Hey, I got wrongfully suspended for 7 days. Good to be back. You can continue downloading now,” the associated account informed users. Again, no information was provided as to why a suspension was warranted but with two suspensions already on the books, it’s open to question why Reddit indicated that legal action could be the next step rather than an outright ban. The bots appear to be run on a semi-commercial basis, soliciting donations from the page found here, but whether that played any part in Reddit’s ultimatum is unknown. Reddit Has Been Cracking Down On Other Downloader Bots While SaveVideo appears to have been given the opportunity to cease-and-desist, other Reddit downloader bots haven’t been so lucky. Around a month ago, VRedditShare was also suspended, although that decision was later reversed. However, VRedditDownloader, was previously suspended for unspecified reasons and the same applies to SaveThisVideo, which appears to be the same underlying service as RedditSave. That account was reportedly banned following repeat DMCA infringement complaints from OnlyFans, which flagged the original posts as infringement along with the RedditSave links, which also infringed copyright. As things stand, this type of scenario seems like the most likely candidate for the threats against SaveVideo but when its operator and Reddit respond, we will update this article. Update: Reddit has no official comment at this stage but has informed TorrentFreak that it was “not responsible for whatever notice or litigation threat” received by SaveVideo. Reddit Orders ‘SaveVideo’ Bot to Shut Down or Face Lawsuit
  14. The Windows 11 sub-reddit has some great suggestions for Microsoft Windows 11 is still in development, and there is still an opportunity for the Insider community to influence the design of the OS prior to its release. On the Windows 11 Reddit community members have been posting some great ideas which would benefit from a bit of exposure. In the order of which ones I find most compelling: 1. Bluetooth devices should be listed in the Action Centre the same way WIFI networks are, says JT95Art. Currently, in Windows 11, you can connect to a WIFI network without leaving the context of the action menu, and it would be useful to do the same for Bluetooth devices, particularly Bluetooth headphones, which are often shared between phones and PCs. If you like this idea you can vote for it in the Feedback Hub here. 2. There should be a shortcut for the Snipping tool in the Action Centre says obnylaka. 3. The Notification Area pop-up should also have rounded corners says batclark06. Seemingly an area Microsoft forgot to style in Windows 11, this pop-up still looks like it dates to 2016. Microsoft appears to be monitoring the subreddit, with JenMSFT for example saying they are tracking the collection, so hopefully, this feedback and more will make their way into the final release, which is expected later this year. The Windows 11 sub-reddit has some great suggestions for Microsoft
  15. r/The_Donald still exists at Reddit, but it's been pushed into the site's "quarantined" basement after a series of threats against police were posted there. “Recent behaviors including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy,” a Reddit spokesperson said in a statement. “As a result, we have actioned individual users and quarantined the subreddit." The new quarantine was brought on by anti-police threats posted on The_Donald. Some users had apparently encouraged violence against law enforcement, angry that officials in Oregon were trying to bring back GOP state senators who fled the state to avoid voting on a climate-change bill. In a note to The_Donald moderators, Reddit administrators said they had “observed this behavior in the form of encouragement of violence towards police officers and public officials in Oregon.” Trump himself answered questions there in an AMA, apparently, "despite" its reptuation for abuse, bigotry and general grossness. At the time they were zipped into the plastic sheeting, the top item among the_donaldites was a rant about women's soccer. Source
  16. All good things must come to an end, and this happened to be the case today for the popular Reddit page, “r/nbastreams.” The page was a go-to option for many Reddit users, who would access links leading to live streams of NBA games completely for free. Although completely illegal, the streaming of copyrighted content, as opposed to downloaded content, makes it more difficult to track down the individuals responsible for producing the stream. Even though these links are posted on Reddit, the links are not directly associated with Reddit, making their direct responsibility for any violations questionable. With the NBA Finals having recently concluded, the banning of the r/nbastreams page comes at an interesting time. While Reddit has long been an advocate for free speech, it hasn’t stopped them from shutting down streaming pages before. The fact that that the widely popular r/nflstreams and r/mlbstreams pages are still active is worth noting as well. The demise of r/nbastreams prompted a bevy of hilarious yet devastating reactions on social media from loyal users. If you were an active user of r/nbastream, we’re sorry for your loss. But with the whack-a-mole nature of situations like these, a new way to stream live NBA games for free is likely on the horizon. Today may be a win for NBA League Pass, but one thing’s for certain: the people won’t give up on finding ways to live stream games for free. Source
  17. Reddit takes bug bounty program public Steve Huffman CEO at Reddit, delivers remarks during the Web Summit in Altice Arena on November 08, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Horacio Villalobos – Corbis/Getty Images) Reddit announced Wednesday that it is taking its bug bounty program public. The popular social news site and community forum platform has run a private program with HackerOne for the past three years, but hopes that by going public, it can more quickly address vulnerabilities, improve its defenses and keep the platform secure. “We’ve seen great engagement and success to date, having awarded $140,000 in bounties across 300 reports covering the main reddit.com platform, which worked well for our limited scope during the private program,” the company said in a press release. “With our continued growth and visibility, we’re now ready to make the program public and expand participation to anyone wanting to make a meaningful security impact on Reddit.” Reddit security wizard Spencer Koch said the company has always leveraged the community to help find and fix bugs in the platform; that’s how the company found several of its engineers over the years. Koch said the security team started back in 2018 when Reddit formalized its private bug bounty program. As Reddit grew in size and influence over the years, it scaled the program by expanding its scope, improving bounty payouts, and supporting security researchers with context and insight into how Reddit works. Spencer said that when a hacker finds a bug, the security team does an initial triage to gauge its severity; otherwise, it will let HackerOne’s triage service do the initial screening, reproduction info gathering and sanity check before one of Reddit’s senior security engineers starts the hunt. “Our security team is heavily embedded with our engineering teams, so we’re perusing code to find the root cause and proposing possible fixes for our engineering counterparts,” Spencer said. “Enriching our tickets with this data means our tickets are higher quality, and easily reproducible and consumable by our devs, so we all can get to fixing faster.” Allison Miller, Reddit’s vice president of trust and CISO, added that the company’s security team has already been embedded into feature launches at several key points in the software development lifecycle (SDLC), and they work closely with the platform’s various engineering departments. In the final phase of a feature rollout, the team makes sure it adds the new feature into the bug bounty scope and offers details on how to test it or where to find it. “A great example of this is when we were alpha testing a new Reddit embed feature,” Miller said. “We notified our researchers about it and got feedback that deleted posts were getting rendered due to some bad logic, which resulted in reality not matching design. Through hacker power, we were able to catch this early before general availability where it would have become a larger issue.” Interested security researchers can find Reddit’s bug bounty program on HackerOne. Source: Reddit takes bug bounty program public
  18. Reddit is launching built-in subreddit chat rooms It’s a new way for users to bond over shared interests Reddit is introducing a new chat room tool, in a throwback to the old days of the internet when those were a thing. The feature, called “Start Chatting,” will randomly sort users of popular subreddits into small, private group chats. Reddit says the feature is rolling out to around 16,000 SFW subreddits this week. To use the feature, you’ll want to visit a popular subreddit that has the feature enabled. You’ll see a button labeled “Start Chatting” beneath the community’s description. Click that, and you’ll be randomly matched with a small group of up to seven other users who are also in the subreddit. The group will be entered into a chat room for private discussion and meme-ing. Reddit isn’t the only platform increasing its focus on chat. Facebook revealed earlier this year that its vision has shifted to prioritize its messaging services, including WhatsApp and Messenger, as the majority of new users show low interest in Facebook’s traditional website and mobile app. Last week, the company released Messenger Rooms, a video-chat service for groups of up to 50 people. It also doubled the capacity of WhatsApp’s video calls and added the functionality to Facebook Dating. Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a recent blog post that Facebook hopes to make Instagram Direct, WhatsApp, and Messenger interoperable with SMS. These are tools to help you stay in touch, though; what’s unique about Reddit’s service is that it’s focused on forming new connections. It seems like a smart idea — plenty of folks would probably love to develop close connections with other Reddit users, but might be wary of reaching out themselves. And while the random chat rooms of internets past often led to awkward (or creepy) experiences, the fact that Start Chatting takes place in a subreddit means participants already have a shared interest and an easy conversation topic. At a time when in-person opportunities to make friends are limited, this could be a fun way to form virtual contacts. Reddit has experimented with private group messaging in the past. The platform tested community-wide chat rooms in 2018, but it wasn’t a huge success; most of them weren’t particularly active, and many had their share of jerks and spammers that you’d expect from a quasi-anonymous online community. Whether this new iteration sees greater success may depend on if Reddit can effectively moderate chat rooms’ content while still letting users feel comfortable expressing themselves. In a statement to The Verge, a Reddit spokesperson said that chat rooms will be moderated by Reddit admins. “We have a number of safety tools built into the feature and have integrated our general reporting flow, so users can report any messages or policy-violating content within the group chat,” the spokesperson said. Source: Reddit is launching built-in subreddit chat rooms (The Verge)
  19. Seibel is well-known in the tech world for promoting diversity and inclusion. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian stepped down from his position on the board last week, urging the company to fill his seat with a black candidate. Now, the company has appointed Michael Seibel, a venture capital investor, advisor and entrepreneur, in his place. Seibel is well known for promoting diversity and inclusion. “I want to thank Steve [Huffman, CEO], Alexis, and the entire Reddit board for this opportunity,” Seibel said in a statement provided by Reddit and reported by Variety. “I’ve known Steve and Alexis since 2007 and have been a Reddit user ever since. Over this period of time I’ve watched Reddit become part of the core fabric of the internet and I’m excited to help provide advice and guidance as Reddit continues to grow and tackle the challenges of bringing community and belonging to a broader audience.” Seibel has an impressive tech-world resume, having previously co-founded Justin.tv, the precursor to Twitch, as well as mobile video startup Socialcam. He is currently a partner at venture capital firm Y Combinator and CEO of startup accelerator program YC (which actually helped to launch Reddit back in 2005 – prior to Seibel’s involvement). The move comes during a tumultuous time for Reddit, which has faced increasing criticism in recent weeks over the way it handles hate speech. A group representing hundreds of moderators wrote a damning open letter to CEO Steve Huffman last week demanding change, and calling for greater diversity among its staff. Ohanian subsequently resigned as board member, saying he will use his future gains on his Reddit stock to “serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate.” Speaking about Seibel’s appointment, Huffman said, “Few people have Michael’s deep background in tech and know the challenges and opportunities we face as well as he does, so we are honored he is joining us. Not to mention, he is one of the smartest and kindest people in tech.” Source
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  21. Reddit's massively popular /r/teenagers sub went bootleg crazy this week when thousands of subscribers used the platform to watch pirated movies. For reasons that aren't exactly clear, young adults suddenly began uploading titles including Sonic the Hedgehog, Cars, Shrek, Toy Story and...erm...Silence of the Lambs. With close to two million subscribers, Reddit’s /r/teenagers sub-Reddit is a massive community by any standards. “Run by teenagers for teenagers”, this section of Reddit is “primarily for discussions and memes that an average teenager would enjoy to discuss about.” This week, however, it also became a hive of copyright-infringing activity. For reasons that aren’t exactly clear, young people suddenly decided that their favorite discussion forum should be spiced up a bit. Not with the freshest of fresh memes but a flood of pirated movies considered popular with the younger generation. One of the first to be uploaded was the 2020 movie Sonic the Hedgehog, complete with embedded subtitles for any Korean visitors. As the image below shows, the post received a selection of awards, thousands of upvotes and hundreds of comments, some expressing praise and others a level of surprise. With a minority wondering if these uploads were a particularly good idea, the fuse nevertheless appeared to have been well and truly lit. Over the next several hours the feeding frenzy continued, with uploads of movies including Cars, Bee Movie, The Incredibles and Toy Story, to name just a few. Despite little immediate fear that something bad might happen to the uploaders (a couple of ‘FBI’ and “Wait…this is illegal” comments aside), at least one user uploaded a copy of Shrek, with a note pleading with Dreamworks not to sue them. While Dreamworks probably has bigger fish to fry, Shrek movies continued to be uploaded, with copies of Shrek 2 and Shrek Forever After adding to the bootleg viewing experience spreading across the sub-Reddit. What it must be like trying to control a sub-Reddit full of teenagers is open to guesswork but the moderators were certainly kept busy for a while trying to delete the movies being uploaded. However, despite best efforts to delete the posts, in many instances the movies themselves remained stubbornly embedded, only adding to the viewer count and the “new trend” of pirating Hollywood movies on /r/teenagers, as one user put it. It’s worth remembering that the teenage bracket spans a wide range of years, at least as far as life experiences go. The sub-Reddit attempts to cater to 13 to 19-year-olds, which may go some way to explaining why some were crazy for Shrek while others preferred something a little more…sophisticated…. While Reddit users have found themselves banned for repeatedly posting copyrighted content, this ‘trend’ – like many teenage crazes in history – went off with a bang and then fizzled out when people got bored of being outrageous. Soon after, it was back to memes and other things teenagers love to discuss these days. No intention of going into detail here but suffice to say, posting movies appears to be relatively tame these days. Source
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  23. Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents It’s the latest app found copying clipboard info in a beta version of iOS 14 Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Reddit says it’s releasing a fix for a piece of code that copied contents from users’ clipboards. Users in a beta version of iOS 14, which sends an alert when an app tries to copy clipboard information, reported receiving the alerts with each keystroke in Reddit’s iOS app. “We tracked this down to a codepath in the post composer that checks for URLs in the pasteboard and then suggests a post title based on the text contents of the URL,” a Reddit spokesperson wrote in an email to The Verge. “We do not store or send the pasteboard contents. We removed this code and are releasing the fix on July 14th.” User Donald Morton posted a video of the issue to Twitter: [visit article to see it] Two iPhone developers, Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry, raised concerns about clipboard-copying behavior back in February, noting that dozens of apps were engaged in the practice. The privacy feature in iOS 14, which is still in a limited beta for developers, has revealed several apps engaging in clipboard copying in recent weeks. LinkedIn said Friday it would stop the practice, explaining its app was doing so to perform an “equality check” between what a user is typing and what’s in their clipboard. “We don’t store or transmit the clipboard contents,” LinkedIn engineering VP Erran Berger wrote on Twitter. The company didn’t explain why the practice was in place to begin with. TikTok, which has faced criticism for privacy concerns on its app in the past, was called out for similar clipboard-copying behavior last week. The company said the practice was part of an “anti-spam” feature and that it was being discontinued. A public beta of iOS 14 is expected in the next few weeks and it’s likely that the clipboard privacy feature may reveal more apps engaged in this questionable behavior. UPDATE: July 4th 11:08AM ET: Added context about devs raising concerns about clipboard copying back in February. Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents
  24. Teddit: browse Reddit in a privacy preserving way Reddit has become a central discussion hub in the past couple of years. The site has received a number of financing rounds in the past decade, the last in February 2019 when it received $300 million based on a €3 billion valuation. Reddit has intensified advertising and tracking in recent time; some options can be turned off in the Reddit settings, others are based on scripts running on the site. While it is possible to use content blockers to prevent many of these from being effective or loaded at all, some have started to use third-party Reddit clients instead that promise better privacy. One of the latest ones is Teddit. Teddit is a web frontend, unlike many others that are available only on mobile devices. You can load the site using any web browser to access Reddit's content. The core difference between Teddit and Reddit is that the former does not track users and that it has no advertising. In fact, you can load Teddit with JavaScript disabled and it will work just as fine. Teddit loads much faster; you download about 270 Kilobytes to your system to display the site's homepage whereas you will often download more than 20 Megabytes to display Reddit's homepage. The number of requests that Teddit makes to display the site is 30 while Reddit makes about 190 requests. According to the developer, all requests go through the backend so that clients connected to Teddit never communicate with Reddit directly. Users interested in the code can check it out on Codeberg. You may access text and media content on Teddit including user comments. A search is provided to find threads or subreddits of interest, and you can check out the posts of individual users. All account related activity is not available on Teddit. You cannot sign-in to your account, and that means that you won't get a feed of all subscribed subreddit groups or the ability to leave comments, reply to them, or start threads on the site. Bookmarks are your friend if you need to access certain groups regularly on the site Closing Words Teddit is ideal for accessing information on Reddit. Since it is limited to read activity, it is great for accessing Reddit content without being tracked by the site. You can easily replace the URL of any Reddit page by replacing the "r" in Reddit with the "t" in teddit, and the "com" with "net" to load the content on Teddit. The Reddit URL https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/ becomes https://www.teddit.net/r/firefox on Teddit. Teddit is not for you if you want to interact with other users on Reddit, but if you require only read access, it may be ideal. Tip: the option to combine multiple subreddits in the URL to display these all at once is available on Teddit. Check out the guide for details. There is the danger that the project will go away at one point. If it becomes too popular, it could be shut down because of increasing costs to run it. For now, it offers an excellent option to access Reddit content in a privacy preserving way. It is also excellent for users who live in countries that have blocked Reddit. Teddit: browse Reddit in a privacy preserving way
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