Huffman: We offer the API so the vast majority of our use of
the uses of the API — so not these, the other 98 percent of them
that make tools, bots, enhancements for Reddit — that’s what the
API is for.
It was never designed to support third-party apps. We let it
exist. And I should take the blame for that, because I was the guy
arguing for that for a long time. But I didn’t know — and this is
my fault — the extent that they were profiting off of our API.
That these were not charities.
The ones that actually are doing good for our users — RedReader,
Dystopia, Luna — like actually adding real value at their own
cost? We’ve exempted. We’ll carry that cost.
Peters: I want to stop you for a second there. So you’re
saying that Apollo, RIF, Sync, they don’t add value to Reddit?
Huffman: Not as much as they take. No way.
Either you see the value of a great user experience or you don’t. No surprise that the CEO of a company whose website is so bad that they’ve had to keep the old one around as an alternative doesn’t see the value Apollo adds to the Reddit experience.