Social Sharing Site Reddit Had Big Year, But Not All Positive Attention

NPR | Dec. 31, 2012 4:55 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 3, 2013 4:44 a.m.

The bare-bones post and link sharing website Reddit may not look like much, but its reach is tremendous. Started by two recent graduates from the University of Virginia in 2005, it now receives billions of page views each month. This year, it even attracted the likes of President Obama to participate in the site’s “Ask Me Anything” feature. It has some darker elements too, however, and with little oversight and few rules, the website took heat in 2012 for allowing users to share rape jokes and explicit photos of under-aged girls. All Things Considered host Audie Cornish talks with Anthony De Rosa, social media editor for Reuters, about Reddit’s big year.


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