The Reddit platform will make an API pricing exception for accessibility-oriented apps. This is reported by The Verge.
This may come as a big relief to some developers who will struggle to cope with the increased fees. It’s also good news for users who rely on such apps to browse Reddit.
An exceptional approach will apply to non-commercial applications that meet accessibility needs. They will not have to pay for access to the platform’s data.
“We’ve connected with select developers of non-commercial apps that address accessibility needs and offered them exemptions from our large-scale pricing terms,” Reddit spokesperson Tim Rathschmidt says.
We will remind that dozens of subreddits and moderators from June 12 are going to “go dark”, i.e. go private, in response to Reddit’s API price hikes. According to the protestors, Reddit’s new policy will effectively block access to third-party clients. Some protesters are expected to regain public access within 48 hours, but some are isolating themselves until the situation with Reddit is resolved.
As you know, in April Reddit announced changes to its API policy. They limit the number of API requests made by third-party clients. This affected quite a few applications. For example, the Apollo app, which allows users to interact with Reddit on iOS, could face millions in fines over Reddit’s new paid API model.