Reddit’s r/know-how goes offline for July four social media strike


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Reddit’s tech part joined a social media strike.


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Your Independence Day visits to r/know-how might be brief certainly — Reddit’s tech subreddit is offline as a part of a stand towards social media. Wikipedia cofounder Larry Sangler led the push to “demand that big, manipulative companies give us again management over our information, privateness, and consumer expertise.”

“Following on from the announcement by Larry Sangler of a Social Media Strike,” the discover reads. “/r/know-how is becoming a member of the #SocialMediaStrike Click on the hyperlinks above for more information. Regular service will resume on the fifth.”


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Sangler known as for individuals to keep away from posting on websites together with Fb, Instagram, Twitter and Reddit on July four and 5, apparently in response to privateness considerations spurred on by the 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed that as many as 87 million customers’ information was offered to a UK agency. It violated a 2011 settlement the social community made with the FTC requiring it to obtain individuals’s approval earlier than promoting any information.

In an emailed assertion, Sangler stated he wasn’t stunned that /r/know-how customers have been “early adopters of the strike.”

“They greater than anybody are keenly conscious of how the Web may have developed in another way, and that we may nonetheless return to a extra decentralized, much less centrally-controlled Web structure,” he wrote. “It simply takes a mass motion to get behind the concept.”

Reddit did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

First printed at 5:44 a.m. PT.
Up to date at 7:23 a.m. PT: Provides Sangler’s remark.



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