Reddit has a long tradition of providing support for third-party apps, allowing users to engage with the platform using alternate clients such as Apollo, Infinity, and Relay.
The social media platform also provides a Reddit Premium subscription, which removes ads on its first-party client, among other perks.
Many third parties have circumvented the subscription model by providing a one-time payment to remove ads in their apps. Now, however, it looks like Reddit will begin charging developers for access to its API.
In a post on r/reddit, the company outlines a number of updates to its terms. It appears these changes are an effort to reduce lost revenue that third-party apps result in.
Though the details are not yet finalized, developers may be required to shift to a paid subscription model of their own in the near future.
Apollo app developer Christian Selig took to r/apolloapp to describe some of the clarifications he has since received from officials.
📣 Had a few calls with Reddit today about the announced Reddit API changes that they’re putting into place, and inside is a breakdown of the changes and how they’ll affect Apollo and third party apps going forward. Please give it a read and share your thoughts!
by u/iamthatis in apolloapp
Discussions with other app developers are currently ongoing.
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