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  1. #1
    Bob McKinlay
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    Default Reddit users - FYI

    For those on here who use Reddit (and there’s more than just me, given the amount of content reposted here) you might not be aware the Reddit has recently implemented a new user-visibility features that shows when you’re actively „online“ on Reddit.

    This is something that nobody asked for, or wanted, and is generally considered a very bad thing for user privacy.

    Effectively there’s a new icon that looks like a green light on your profile that shows when you’re online. Therefore, you could be implicitly spammed by people on Reddit’s useless chat feature, or implicitly tracked and targeted by advertisers.

    Here’s a Reddit announcement about this:

    https://old.reddit.com/r/changelog/c...ce_indicators/

    If you want to disable this „feature“ (and, trust me on this, you do) you’ll need to go to Reddit in a web browser and disable it.

    Helpfully - one might even think deliberately - the option to shut If off isn’t present in the user settings on the newer version of Reddit, so you’ll need to change to https://old.reddit.com/ and then go to „Preferences“, „Privacy Options“ and then disable the option „Let others see my online status“ to turn it off for good.

    Of course, Reddit enabled this by default for everyone, which is incredibly invasive.

    Note of you’re using the „official“ Reddit app on iOS or Android, you can, under your username, click on the „Online“ green text and it will switch it to „Hiding“ (like you’re doing something wrong!) but this then resets to „Online“ again the next time you use the app or log in. Disabling it in „Preferences“ as above turns it off for good (for now, anyway).

    As you might expect, reaction to this has been almost universally negative.

    As ever on Reddit, r/privacy is well worth subscribing too.

    Hope this may be of interest to fellow Redditors.

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  3. #2
    Bob McKinlay
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    Default Re: Reddit users - FYI

    Oh and if you’re on iOS, the official Reddit app is a bit rubbish, use Apollo instead.

    You can thank me later.


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    Grenville Morris
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    Default Re: Reddit users - FYI

    tech platform is invasive shocker.

    .k I m
    I m u mm

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    Viv Anderson
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    Default Re: Reddit users - FYI

    Thanks Chris - I'd hate for my frequenting of furry porn subreddits to become common knowledge.

    Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk


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    Warp Speed Chic
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    Default Re: Reddit users - FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by Project Zeus View Post
    Thanks Chris - I'd hate for my frequenting of furry porn subreddits to become common knowledge.

    Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
    I use BaconReader for this, I wonder if I need to do this on there


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    Bob McKinlay
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    Default Re: Reddit users - FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by Freddie View Post
    I use BaconReader for this, I wonder if I need to do this on there
    No mate, if you do it on the Reddit website as detailed about, then your status is reflected in BaconReader.

    If BaconReader supports the ability hide yourself from within the app (dunno...?) then it will only come back the next time you access, like the „official“ client does.


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    Bob McKinlay
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    Default Re: Reddit users - FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by Project Zeus View Post
    Thanks Chris - I'd hate for my frequenting of furry porn subreddits to become common knowledge.

    Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
    Yeah, I am the same with r/AdolfWasRight and r/LuftwaffeFans


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    Viv Anderson
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    Default Re: Reddit users - FYI

    My Reddit home page is just porn.


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    Ian Storey-Moore
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    Default Re: Reddit users - FYI

    I'm with Dogtits on this, the porn is of a very high standard on there.

    I also like how the threads stay on subject...

    Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

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    Viv Anderson
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    Default Re: Reddit users - FYI

    Proper moderators is what I heard.

    EXACT SAME BENEFITS

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    Default Re: Reddit users - FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    For those on here who use Reddit (and there’s more than just me, given the amount of content reposted here) you might not be aware the Reddit has recently implemented a new user-visibility features that shows when you’re actively „online“ on Reddit.
    I don't use Reddit, but just wondered if the green light you spoke of is like the green light that appears beside your posts when you're online on this site?


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    Bob McKinlay
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    Default Re: Reddit users - FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by I'm Red Till Dead View Post
    I don't use Reddit, but just wondered if the green light you spoke of is like the green light that appears beside your posts when you're online on this site?
    Yes it is, the same sort of thing.

    Although here, we don’t have an annoying „live chat“ like Reddit does that is user-to-user.

    We also don’t Target-ad - what adverts you see on this forum are via Google syndication and based on the data Google tracks about you.


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    Viv Anderson
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    Default Re: Reddit users - FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by I'm Red Till Dead View Post
    I don't use Reddit, but just wondered if the green light you spoke of is like the green light that appears beside your posts when you're online on this site?
    Isn't that funny. I've never noticed that until now.


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    Default Re: Reddit users - FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    Yes it is, the same sort of thing.

    Although here, we don’t have an annoying „live chat“ like Reddit does that is user-to-user.

    We also don’t Target-ad - what adverts you see on this forum are via Google syndication and based on the data Google tracks about you.
    Ok, just curious.


 

 

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