Reddit is fun users faced with ‘error forbidden’ message as app shuts down


Users of the third-party app Rif is fun for Reddit, also known as Reddit is Fun, have been faced with an “error forbidden” message when trying to use the app. This comes after the news the app will be shutting down due to Reddit’s API changes.

In June, Reddit addressed the ongoing backlash over their API changes. Steve Huffman, Reddit’s CEO, shared a post that said: “Reddit needs to be a self-sustaining business, and to do that, we can no longer subsidize commercial entities that require large-scale data use.”

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Users respond to Reddit is Fun error forbidden message

Rif is fun for Reddit’s (formerly known as Reddit is Fun) users have taken to Twitter to share the error message they have been receiving,

One tweeted: “‘man i wonder what’s going on on reddit’ *opens reddit is fun* Error: couldn’t load reddit data.”

Another said: “Reddit is Fun is giving me error messages, I thought I’d have the rest of the night.”

Others seemed to be expecting the error messages and one user said: “I legit went like ‘welp, damn. That’s it’ when I saw this error.”

Why did Reddit is fun shut down?

Earlier this year, it was announced that there would be changes to Reddit’s fees. The changes to the fees meant that third-party apps will either shut down or shift to subscription models.

One of the apps that will be shutting down is Rif is fun for Reddit, otherwise known as Reddit is Fun.

The app has been around for more than a decade and has gathered over 5 million downloads on the Google Play store, according to Forbes.

The developer of Rif is fun for Reddit wrote in a post that the app would be shutting down “in response to Reddit Inc’s API changes and their hostile treatment of developers building on their platform”.

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Reddit is Fun developer hits out at Reddit

According to The Verge, the developer continued on to say that Reddit has “unfortunately shown a consistent unwillingness to compromise on all points” mentioned in a previous post.

These points included claims of large expected costs, the decision to block adverts in third-party apps, and the removal of sexually explicit content in third-party apps despite the fact that the content will reportedly still be available in Reddit’s apps.

Another third-party app, Apollo, has also shut down. They claimed that it would cost them $20 million a year to continue to operate after the API changes.

Apollo said of Reddit: “If they wanted something that could work for everyone, they would have simply made an effort to listen, instead of being dishonest, callous, and punitive in pricing.”

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