The party is ON! Join us at TNW Conference 2021 in Amsterdam for face-to-face business!

The heart of tech

This article was published on January 29, 2015

Reddit’s first transparency report shows it complied with just 32 user info requests in 2014

Reddit’s first transparency report shows it complied with just 32 user info requests in 2014
Owen Williams
Story by

Owen Williams

Former TNW employee

Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Reddit has released its first transparency report for the service, providing insight into the amount of user information requests and takedowns the site experienced in 2014.

In 2014, the site received just 55 requests for user information spanning 78 user accounts. The company said that in 32 of those requests, it disclosed some information which was made up of either account registration data, logs or content uploaded by users.

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 3.13.32 pm

The report points out that many of these government requests contained demands to withhold warnings to the users in question with “no legal weight” and the company “actively disregarded these non-binding demands.”

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 3.12.32 pm

As for takedowns, the site received 218 requests for content removal and only removed 68 items. According to the report, many of these takedowns were for user-submitted links to content on other websites or for entire subreddits, both of which the site didn’t comply with.

➤ Reddit Transparency Report [Reddit Blog]