At 1PM EST on the afternoon of the 2nd /r/IAmA went private, locking readers out of its content. The move was made after reddit moderators discovered that the Ask me Anything Co-ordinator, Victoria Taylor, had been let go without warning the subreddits. A number of AmAs had been scheduled for later that day leading the mods to take the sub down stating.
Since then a number of popular subreddits have closed themselves off in solidarity. These include /r/gaming as well as /r/AskReddit, /r/funny, /r/Books, /r/science, /r/Music, /r/history, /r/Art, /r/videos, /r/gadgets, /r/todayilearned, /r/Documentaries, /r/LifeProTips, /r/jokes, /r/pics, r/Dataisbeautiful, /r/movies and of course /r/IAmA. This is a constantly evolving situation with more and more taking action whether they’re going private or simply locking out new topics. There are now over 400 subreddits involved.
As more information continues to filter out about exactly what is going on it is apparent that Victoria Taylor issue is not the primary reason for the sudden and drastic action that has been taken but is merely a spark catalyst in a community that has been becoming increasingly frustrated with the administration in charge. One moderator has stated that “As much as Victoria is loved, this reaction is not all a result of her departure: there is a feeling among many of the moderators of reddit that the admins do not respect the work that is put in by the thousands of unpaid volunteers who maintain the communities of the 9,656 active subreddits, which they feel is expressed by, among other things, the lack of communication between them and the admins, and their disregard of the thousands of mods who keep reddit’s communities going.”
If you’re a frequent reddit user then you can find a comprehensive breakdown of the situation here.