In March 2017, Reddit became the first social media platform to fully ban users who engage in the so-called “unsubscribe” method, in which users can publicly announce their decision to leave the site without revealing their identity.
The decision came after months of pressure from Redditors, who had been calling for the site to make it easier to leave.
A month later, the company implemented a new policy that allowed users to opt out of the ban.
“Reddit has been one of the most innovative companies in the world for years, and we’re proud of our efforts to change the way we communicate and connect with the people we serve,” said Erik Martin, Reddit’s CEO, at the time.
“The decision to make this change was based on the fact that users are now making the decision to stay or leave without having to reveal their identity.”
Martin went on to explain that the ban was “designed to ensure Reddit’s community is safe, as well as to allow Redditors to leave Reddit for other reasons.”
The policy was met with fierce criticism from the community, who called it a violation of their rights to free speech.
“When people say we don’t need your services, it’s like, ‘I have the right to say what I want to say,'” said Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, who also went on the record to say that he felt “bland” that the company was making the change.
“They want to censor us.”
But a new survey published by the Pew Research Center found that the vast majority of Redditors agreed with the company’s decision.
In the past year, the survey found that nearly 80 percent of Reddit users support the new policy, while just 23 percent opposed it.
And the survey also found that while some Redditors had expressed concern that the policy would encourage people to leave, a majority of those who said they did had already left Reddit.
Reddit’s move to ban the “unscrupulous” practice of unsubscribing was met by an immediate backlash from the company.
“I’m not the only one who’s worried about Reddit becoming too easy for people to use, and if it’s so easy to quit, why don’t we make it more difficult?” one Reddit user, who wished to remain anonymous, told CNNMoney.
“Why can’t we do something about that?”
“We’re a platform where people can make a decision to go somewhere else if they want,” said Reddit founder Alexis Ohanaian, who went on record to explain why the ban had been made.
“We don’t want to be in the habit of banning users because they want to leave.”
It was only when Reddit launched a new feature in April that it began to make changes to its policies.
The company began by allowing Redditors who want to remain on the site “to opt out” of the new ban.
However, Reddit users who opt out are still subject to the ban, and will not be able to rejoin the site unless they opt in again.
In response, Redditors started a petition to have the ban lifted.
It garnered more than 8,000 signatures within a month of the petition’s launch, and the company announced that it was looking into removing the “unsafe” ban entirely.
“Since the ban came into effect, we’ve seen a spike in new users, particularly young people who are often the first ones to leave our community,” Ohanian said in a statement at the end of March.
“It’s clear that our policy has allowed Reddit to grow to become a vibrant and diverse community.
But as we continue to make these changes, we’ll continue to listen to our users and look for ways to make the community even better.”
Reddit users also voiced concerns about the way the ban worked, particularly with respect to whether users were being targeted by bots.
“My personal experience with Reddit has been that the system isn’t always perfect, but I’m not sure the company has any intention of changing that,” one user wrote on the petition.
“What I learned from the reddit ‘unsubscribe’ campaign is that reddit isnt perfect and it’s definitely not perfect for everyone.”
The company also began implementing changes to how it rewards users who stay on the platform.
Reddit users can now earn a “subreddit gold” which can be spent on special perks, like more followers and more comments.
The gold earned can also be used to purchase more items in the form of “subreddits,” which Redditors can redeem for a variety of perks.
“As a general rule, I would never spend gold on things that you wouldn’t want me to spend it on if I had the money,” Reddit user Aisling, who goes by the name Aisler on Reddit, told the Huffington Post.
“But, it was a good opportunity to make sure I was doing things right.”
Ohanian told CNN that Reddit would not be