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Survey Report: Reddit’s Actions Continue to Undermine Moderation & Research

By Sarah Gilbert, J. Nathan Matias, Ethan Zuckerman, Yellowmix, and James Mickens

Reddit’s recent API changes have led to a wave of protests and a great deal of consternation in the popular site’s user community. How have Reddit’s changes affected community moderators and researchers? And what could the company do differently to help its platform survive? Last month, the Coalition for Independent Technology Research organized an open … Continue reading Survey Report: Reddit’s Actions Continue to Undermine Moderation & Research

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Restricting Reddit Data Access Threatens Online Safety & Public-Interest Research

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Sign this letter and seek/provide mutual aid Dear Steve Huffman, Last week, soon after Reddit announced plans to restrict free access to the Reddit API, the company cut off access to Pushshift, a data resource widely used by communities, journalists, and thousands of academics worldwide (see Pushshift’s official response). We are writing to express concern … Continue reading Restricting Reddit Data Access Threatens Online Safety & Public-Interest Research

Letter: Twitter’s New API Plans Will Devastate Public Interest Research

By The Executive Board

April 3, 2023 On March 29th, after weeks of delays and uncertainty, Twitter’s Developer team announced details about new pricing tiers for access to the Twitter API that will devastate public interest research. Over the past decade, researchers across the world have relied on Twitter’s API to study the impact of social media on democracy, … Continue reading Letter: Twitter’s New API Plans Will Devastate Public Interest Research

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Letter: Imposing Fees to Access the Twitter API Threatens Public-Interest Research

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Sign this letter and seek/provide mutual aid Last week, the Twitter Development team announced that the platform will no longer allow free access to the Twitter API starting this Thursday, February 9. This dramatic restriction will disrupt critical projects from thousands of journalists, academics, and civil society actors worldwide who study some of the most … Continue reading Letter: Imposing Fees to Access the Twitter API Threatens Public-Interest Research