Here’s why Reddit’s r/technology is down on the Fourth of July 

Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger wants you to boycott social media.


Mikael Thalen


Posted on Jul 4, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 9:17 am CDT

The highly popular r/technology subreddit has gone offline as part of a 24-hour social media strike.

Started by Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger, the strike calls on internet users to boycott all social media on July 4 and 5, but not before posting the #SocialMediaStrike hashtag.

In a post on his blog, Sanger states that the strike’s goal is to push social media giants to give users back “control over our data, privacy, and user experience.”

“Given the last 12 months of revelations about Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, Reddit etc we show solidarity with this position and believe everyone should be aware of their digital rights,” the r/technology subreddit’s administrators wrote.

The tech entrepreneur is also calling on users to sign his Declaration of Digital Independence, which pushes for tech companies to decentralize and protect “free speech, privacy, and security.”

“Humanity has been contemptuously used by vast digital empires,” the declaration states. “Thus it is now necessary to replace these empires with decentralized networks of independent individuals, as in the first decades of the internet.”

Both Facebook and Google, according to Newsweek, declined to comment on the strike, while a Twitter spokesperson also stated: “We don’t have a comment here.”

While it remains unknown what effect the strike will have, the campaign’s hashtag at the time of writing was not trending on any major social media sites.


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*First Published: Jul 4, 2019, 12:02 pm CDT