Reddit CEO Defends Actions Against Apollo Developer in Controversial AMA

In a highly dramatic Ask Me Anything (AMA) session hosted by Reddit's CEO Steve Huffman, the company's decision to revise its API pricing and force third-party apps

In a highly dramatic Ask Me Anything (AMA) session hosted by Reddit’s CEO Steve Huffman, the company’s decision to revise its API pricing and force third-party apps out of business took a peculiar turn. Despite facing backlash from the community, including widespread protests across subreddits, Huffman reiterated that the company has no intentions of revising its upcoming API changes. Moreover, he continued to criticize the developer of the popular third-party app Apollo, accusing them of operating inefficiently and being a subpar “API” user.

The developer behind Apollo, Christian Selig, was among the first to raise concerns that Reddit’s new API pricing would render the app financially unsustainable. Selig explained that under the new terms, it would cost him $20 million per year to operate the app, a figure far beyond the app’s revenue. Consequently, Selig announced that the app would shut down on June 30, just before the new API pricing takes effect on July 1. Other third-party apps, including Sync, RIF, and Reddplanet, are also facing closure due to these changes.

Huffman’s dissatisfaction with Selig seemed to stem from a misunderstanding. Selig had jokingly suggested that if Apollo was costing Reddit $20 million per year, the company should simply cut him a check to resolve the issue. However, a Reddit representative initially interpreted this as a threat before clarifying the misunderstanding and apologizing. Despite this, Huffman continued to refer to Selig’s comments as a threat during subsequent conversations with moderators.

During the AMA, Huffman was asked about his attempt to discredit Apollo by claiming that Selig had threatened and blackmailed him. In a direct and unfiltered response, Huffman stated that Selig’s behavior and communication had been inconsistent, with discrepancies between what was said internally versus externally. He expressed doubts about the company’s ability to work with Selig in the future.

The situation is peculiar for Apollo, as the app recently gained attention during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference for its iOS-first design. However, Reddit’s API policy change has now put the app on the verge of closure. Other developers have shown support for Selig, with Halide co-founder Sebastiaan de With calling him “one of the nicest guys in our indie app world” and accusing Reddit management of lying and vilifying him.

Despite the community’s strong backlash and concerns raised during the AMA, Huffman showed little concern about the fallout from the API changes. He maintained that some third-party apps, including Apollo, had chosen to close due to the new pricing, while Reddit would continue discussions with other app developers willing to work with the company. Huffman emphasized Reddit’s profit-driven approach, acknowledging that they were not currently profitable, unlike some third-party apps.

While there were requests for Reddit to reconsider the API changes, including alternative profit-sharing models, Huffman made it clear that the company had no intention of delaying or reconsidering the new pricing. Reddit will also implement additional restrictions on access to mature content through its Data API from July 5, 2023, to comply with stricter regulations. However, explicit content will still be allowed.

The AMA generated significant attention, with a community called r/Save3rdPartyApps, formed in response to the API changes, gaining over 50,000 members. The community provides a comprehensive overview of the AMA in a more digestible format.

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