Reddit moderators do $3.4 million worth of unpaid work each year

Volunteers who maintain the standard of content on Reddit’s forums do 466 hours of work every day – labour that would cost 2.8 per cent of the firm’s revenue

Technology 24 June 2022

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Moderators work to maintain standards on Reddit’s forums

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Reddit moderators provide $3.4 million worth of unpaid labour to keep the platform relatively free of unsavoury content – equivalent to nearly 3 per cent of Reddit’s revenue.

The social news website relies on moderators to maintain the standard of content on its subreddits, or individual forums focused on a theme. Moderators may settle disputes, levy rules on what is and isn’t appropriate and delete or edit content deemed unsuitable for the site.

“Reddit has become a really prominent platform when you …

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