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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It’s the time of the year again, redditors! “What time is that, u/bluepinkblack?” you ask. It’s Reddit Global Meetup time! “Renaming the event again this year, u/bluepinkblack?” you ask. You bet we are, and this time, with even more GLOBAL!

Each year in June, redditors just like yourself gather in parks, restaurants, beaches, active roadways (yes, really), to mingle and be jovial, celebrating one common theme amongst them all—Reddit! Meeting redditors IRL is an exciting opportunity to expand your online purview, share favorite communities, and debate on whether that hot dog you’re currently eating is a taco or a sandwich. What do you think u/Spez?

It’s true that redditors do meetups around the world all the time! When like-minded redditors get together, it’s usually a lot of fun. But June is the one special time of year when we go all-out and really show up, from Canada to India, Japan, and Australia, with hundreds of cities in between. What started in 2009 (now in its TENTH YEAR!) has become a true Reddit tradition for all redditors to bring their conversations from online to IRL.

This year, we’re celebrating our ninth annual Reddit Meetup Day on Saturday, June 22. If this is your first meetup, bring your best self and expect a good time in great company.

/r/houston GRMD 2017 vid - YouTube
r/Auckland (Photo by u/onceyougoasian)

And by the way, Global really does mean GLOBAL! Thanks to this thread nine years ago, we were able to spread the news to Reddit communities in all parts of the world. That means you can find meetups in cities like Pune, Bangkok, and Buenos Aires. We also have meetups in Iloilo, London, and Vegas! If you’re looking for your city, or are vacationing during Reddit Meetup Day, check out our list of community subbies! And if you don’t see one in your town, be the change you want to see in your community and create one!

r/Houston 2018 (Photo by u/rechlin) r/Lucknow 2018 (Photo by u/_insertname) Singapore 2018 (Photo by u/hotgarbagecomics)

We can’t wait for Reddit Global Meetup this year. Thank you to all of the redditors in advance for planning these local meetups! Without you, we wouldn’t have the camaraderie we’ve built throughout the years.

Global reddit Meetup Day 2015 - YouTube
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Today, we are excited to officially announce that Reddit is opening its first international office in Dublin, Ireland (and yes, we’re hiring!).

Reddit has had a year of great momentum. On the product front, we rolled out our largest redesign ever, grew native video to 1B views per month, and expanded Reddit Coins with new Award options. Behind the scenes, we’ve scaled our Anti-Evil team’s proactive detection of attempted content manipulation to 99% (i.e. 99% of violations are actioned before a report is ever filed), and shared our Annual Transparency Report. To support our mission to bring community and belonging to everyone, we want to continue this momentum by investing in the growth of our teams. Ireland, and Dublin specifically, is a hub of engineering and product talent that is well suited for the teams we will expand. This combined with the region’s proven track record as a hub for scaling technology companies will allow us to strengthen Reddit’s longstanding commitment to the integrity of our site and the privacy of our users.

“Reddit is a high-profile, rapidly growing company and its choice of Dublin as the location for its first international office is really great news,” said Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland. “Dublin is an established tech hub within Europe and Reddit was attracted by the wealth of expertise available here.”

The new office space will be located in Dublin 2, overlooking St. Stephen’s Green. We plan to build out our Anti-Evil, Security, Community, and Engineering teams with two dozen new roles in 2019. These teams are responsible for ensuring the integrity, security, and health of our communities. They will work on core product development, site and user account security, and engineering solutions to detect and prevent policy-breaking content – while also adding additional capacity for those teams’ coverage across time zones.

“We’ve always taken the approach that our users’ safety and privacy matters,” says Reddit CTO Chris Slowe. “As our first international office, we chose Dublin to tap into the tech talent pool and extend our efforts focused on the health of the platform and user experience.”

If you’re interested in joining our mission to bring community and belonging to everyone, check out our Careers Page for a list of open positions.

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