RIF will be shutting down on June 30, 2023, in response to Reddit Inc’s API changes and their hostile treatment of developers building on their platform.

Reddit Inc have unfortunately shown a consistent unwillingness to compromise on all points mentioned in my previous post:

  1. The Reddit API will cost money, and the pricing announced today will cost apps like Apollo $20 million per year to run. RIF may differ but it would be in the same ballpark. And no, RIF does not earn anywhere remotely near this number.

  2. As part of this they are blocking ads in third-party apps, which make up the majority of RIF’s revenue. So they want to force a paid subscription model onto RIF’s users. Meanwhile Reddit’s official app still continues to make the vast majority of its money from ads.

  3. Removal of sexually explicit material from third-party apps while keeping said content in the official app. Some people have speculated that NSFW is going to leave Reddit entirely, but then why would Reddit Inc have recently expanded NSFW upload support on their desktop site?

I will do a full and proper goodbye post later this month, but for now, if you have some time, please read this informative, and sad, post by the Apollo dev which I agree with 100%. It closely echoes my recent experiences with Reddit Inc:


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