Reddit WTF: Launches Mobile Application for AMAs as Website Helps Spread Graphic Pictures After Hack

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
September 2, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Reddit is planning a new mobile app for its popular AMAs (Ask Me Anything) as the website has gotten a lot of hits the past couple days through sharing some of the graphic pictures that have hit the Internet after a massive hack.

The new Reddit AMA app is already available on iOS and is expected to arrive on Android later in the week.

“The app simplifies AMAs to make them easier to read and ask questions in real time, not to mention browse other AMAs and be notified of trending interviews. Reddit aims to improve upon the Web-based version of Reddit’s AMAs, which has been criticized for lacking an intuitive user experience that could be more welcoming to uninitiated users,” reported Variety.

“We want to make it easier for new users to join Reddit and experience all the awesome content,” said Ellen Pao, senior VP at Reddit who oversees the company’s mobile efforts. “That’s part of the overall goal of becoming a more mature company.”

More apps may follow this one, though Pao isn’t sure of the specifics as of yet.

“We’ve found in the last year or so a huge uptick in people accessing Reddit from the mobile web, and we want to give those folks a great experience,” said Pao.

Meanwhile, Reddit has gotten lots of web traffic over the past few days as its linked-photo sharing website Imgur has helped spread the hundreds of graphic images of celebrities that were exposed through a massive hack.

Many of the less graphic pictures were uploaded to Imgur and shared on Reddit while some of the more graphic ones were posted on 4Chan.

One page that claimed to have the new celebrity leaked pictures “all in one place” has been taken down. “This page is no longer available due to a copyright claim,” it says. But an entire subreddit for the leaked photographs was created just to display some of them, and many are still up.


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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.