We’ve (Still) Got Your Back – EFF ranks Reddit its “sole all-star” company in 2019 transparency rankings
Every year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) publishes its annual Who Has Your Back? report on transparency practices across platforms. Last year, we were proud to be among the top-ranked companies, with 4 out of 5 stars. But we wanted that last star. Bad. So a coalition of teams inside Reddit got together to determine how we could do better for this year. And we are delighted to share that the new 2019 ratings came out this week with Reddit in the top spot! Furthermore, not only did we earn all 6 out of 6 stars, but we were the only company to do so!This accomplishment represents the culmination of many people’s work, some of which you may have noticed in the past few months. You might have seen, for example, our newly-expanded Transparency Report, which for the first time this year provided statistics not just on government data and takedown requests, but also information on content that we as Reddit admins removed for sitewide-rule violations. We also included for the first time stats on appeals for these takedowns, earning us that coveted sixth star.
While disclosing these figures might not seem like a big deal, tracking and gathering all of that information is a complex job, and it takes a lot of our small team’s effort to do it. We’re proud that we were able to pull it off, even when companies with literally dozens of times as many employees as us couldn’t.
Values and practices that privilege transparency are important to us, and we know they’re important to Redditors, too. That’s why we made these improvements a priority, and we’ll continue to look for ways to be more transparent with you whenever we can. We’re already examining our practices for next year, in the hopes that we can continue to exemplify practices that set a standard for the industry and are respectful of our users. To that end, if you have some ideas on what statistics you’d like to see in future transparency reports, let us know in the comments!
Finally, a word of thanks to the EFF. Reports like these help pull companies like us (and the entire industry) along in our practices, and we know they’re complex to put together. We’re grateful for the work EFF does, not only on this issue, but on a whole host of issues critical to the open internet. Check out their work on CDA 230, or how they helped us protect this Redditor’s First Amendment right to anonymous speech– legal pushback which, by the way, was made possible by Reddit’s transparency notification processes on government data requests….so yeah, this stuff matters.
On June 11, the Senate will Discuss Net Neutrality. Call Your Senator, then Watch the Proceedings LIVE.
Hey, Redditors! Since we last checked in with you on Net Neutrality, the House of Representatives passed the Save the Internet Act to restore strong Net Neutrality rules. As a reminder, this bill includes consumer protections that prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or throttling content, as well as from the anticompetitive practice of prioritizing certain content in exchange for payment. These protections are essential, as evidence shows that ISPs have been taking advantage of their absence to execute some unfair practices since the repeal, documented here.
In light of this disappointing-but-unsurprising shadiness, we’ve continued to beat the drum on why Net Neutrality is important to allowing platforms like Reddit (as well as all manner of startups) to compete on an even playing field with industry giants. u/spez even teamed up recently with FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel (u/Official_FCC_CJR) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo to emphasize Net Neutrality’s continued urgency.
What’s happening now, and what can you do?
The Senate version of the bill, sponsored by u/SenatorEdMarkey, is now poised to be raised on the floor on (likely) June 11– timed exactly one year after the FCC officially retracted the Net Neutrality rules that were previously in place. You’ll be able to watch the proceedings live here.
But in order for this effort to have a chance, our Senators need to know that this is something their constituents care about. While the polling is bipartisan and overwhelmingly in favor of Net Neutrality, polling doesn’t speak as loudly as constituent phone calls. In the words of Rep. Eshoo, “Advocates need to lean in…The Congress is not a proactive institution. Congress moves when it’s pushed from the outside.”
You can let your Senator know that you care about Net Neutrality by giving their office a call before the 11th. You can look yours up and find their phone number here (you have two of them, so be sure to call both!). You might also want to check and see how they fared in this incidence of spontaneous Reddit activism from late 2017 (unfortunately, word from his staff is that Senator Dog will not be taking part in Tuesday’s floor proceedings due to his preoccupation with impending Universal Basic Tennis Ball legislation).
Finally, Fight For the Future is going to run a live stream discussion of their own on June 11th to allow small business owners, celebrities, creators, and normal internet users to express for themselves why Net Neutrality is important. If you’d like to share your thoughts (and maybe have them read live on the air by someone fancy), you can submit them here.
Today, we are excited to welcome Porter Gale to the Reddit Board of Directors. Gale currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer at Personal Capital and is an established executive, advisor, and author with more than 20 years of direct-to-consumer marketing for brands spanning AdTech, FinTech, Gaming, CPG, and e-commerce industries.
Previously, Gale was Vice President of Marketing at Virgin America and managed its Brand & Digital, Loyalty and In-Flight content teams. She also helped build and grow Globality, an AI-driven SaaS platform and marketplace, as Marketing General Manager and interim CMO. She’s widely recognized for her marketing leadership, having been named on AdAge’s Digital Hotlist, an iMedia Top 25-Digital Marketer, and receiving the Changing The Game Award by AWNY.
“Porter has extensive experience building bold, fast-growing companies that put their customers and users first”, said Steve Huffman, CEO of Reddit. “We look forward to the insights and experience Porter will bring to the board, as Reddit continues to pursue its mission of bringing community and belonging to everyone.”
“Reddit’s network of passionate communities offers people social substance that is entirely unique from anywhere else on the internet. So much of what people find online today is self-promotion or driven by influence, when what people want and need is authenticity and this substantive social experience,” said Gale. “This is why I was drawn to Reddit and why I’m eager to be part of the company’s journey.”
This appointment follows several major milestones for the company. In February, the company closed a 300M Series D round to fuel its mission to bring community and belonging to everyone. This year, Reddit has also opened a new office in Dublin, and expanded hiring in New York to continue growth beyond its San Francisco headquarters and offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. The company has also made a number of key leadership hires including Time-Veteran Jen Wong as Chief Operating Officer and Shariq Rizvi, as Vice President of Ads Product and Engineering. All of this has fueled product momentum, beginning with the site’s redesign in 2018 and encompassing several new ad products.
For the past several weeks, Reddit HQ has been buzzing with excitement about the final season of Game of Thrones, with some teams even hanging their favorite house sigils over their desks. Each Monday, staff can be spotted darting to quiet corners, whispering watercooler banter, dire not to utter a spoiler too loudly. Now, that would be a shame.
This is an excitement we share with you, the Reddit community. And for good reason: Game of Thrones has been king of our vast realms of television fandom communities since the show’s beginnings. Whether you’re seeking in-depth episode discussions for any season, conversations about the written text or checking out the folks with the dankest of GoT memes, we’ve got a community for any Game of Thrones fan to call home.
With over two million subscribers, r/gameofthrones has been the largest TV community on Reddit seven out of the last eight years. Since 2011, redditors have flocked to this community to discuss out-of-the-box fan theories, the latest mind-bending plotlines and their favorite show moments. This year has been no different, where we’ve seen over 1.5M comments within the community around the show’s last season.
The r/gameofthrones community has always been vocal about their favorite—and sometimes least favorite—characters on the show. To celebrate the long-awaited series finale, we partnered with the community to give redditors an opportunity to show that fan passion in the spirit of the final season’s ultimate battle: the fight to win the Iron Throne.
The Throne Pool
To kick off season eight, Reddit launched a Throne Pool experience with the r/gameofthrones community, where redditors were encouraged to “bend the knee” for the character they wanted to see take the Iron Throne at the end of the season.
The king was really one of a kind… RIP my king you will be remembered from NKWinsTheThrone
As the season progressed, we implemented a few unique changes to the experience in response to episode plotlines and character traits (like when we gave the first 62 users that bent the knee for r/LyannaWinsTheThrone an “Original 62” flair). We also setup alliances so that bannermen of allied characters could post in each other’s communities (Team Arya and Sansa, anyone?). Of course, after the show is over we’ll be awarding some special trophies to winners and losers alike.
But who will be the victor? Will it be a fan favorite like that know-nothing Jon Snow, who has seen a 25 percent increase in Throne Pool supporters? Or will another character emerge from the shadows? Thousands of redditors seem to think Sansa may claim the final seat; she’s received four times the amount of backers since the beginning of the season! While we’ll have to wait until the finale for the true winner to be revealed, you can check out the most popular choices from redditors in our leaderboard on the r/gameofthrones sidebar on desktop (redesign only)!
And, if you haven’t caught up with the finale (why are you reading this then?) there’s still time to relive season 8 (or the entire series) with the r/gameofthrones community episode threads and collections.
- Episode 1 Discussion Thread Collection / Community Collection
- Episode 2 Discussion Thread Collection / Community Collection
- Episode 3 Discussion Thread Collection / Community Collection
- Episode 4 Discussion Thread Collection / Community Collection
- Episode 5 Discussion Thread Collection / Community Collection
Finally, if you’re still looking for a place to talk about the explosive finale on Sunday, check out a few of our select GoT-related communities below!
r/gameofthrones – As mentioned, this community is a popular destination to discuss both the television series as well as the source material. We’ve also curated a special Throne Pool Character Community Multi so you can keep up with the latest memes and show banter.
r/asoiaf – A community where you can discuss the A Song of Ice and Fire series and its relation to the series.
r/freefolk – Spoiler alert! Enter at your own risk. This meme-heavy community is a popular destination to find the latest news, rumors and spoiler-related content from the show.
r/aSongOfMemesAndRage – A community dedicated to the dank-arts of memecraft related to both GoT and ASoIaF.
r/HBOGameofThrones – A community dedicated to content and discussion about the television series only.
r/gottheories – A community for ASoIaF fans to discuss theories about the books and television series.