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[–]magnora7 24 insightful - 2 fun24 insightful - 1 fun25 insightful - 2 fun -  (7 children)

Because the app has permissions to your data that a web browser doesn't. You download the app, and then they download your address book, web browsing habits on your phone, what apps you have, etc. Then they gather that data for 10,000,000 people in to a huge database and sell it, for a huge profit, to companies who broker that sort of data, who then usually sell it to companies like GE or the DoD. It then makes its way to the NSA, which is the type of thing they keep in those huge database centers in Utah.

Reddit makes money, that's why they push it. Just follow the money.

[–]Handroid7[S] 6 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 1 fun -  (6 children)

As I already suspected.

A few months ago, Reddit administrators apparently exposed the GPS location of a Reddit (/r/JusticeServed) user, who posted something from, guess where, the Reddit app.

[–]magnora7 7 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 0 fun8 insightful - 1 fun -  (5 children)

Yup. And just to be clear, we gather zero data from our saidit app. I refuse to sell people's stolen data for profit, I think it's an abhorrent practice even though it's profitable for many companies. Saidit is about information transmission, not making money and selling people out like reddit is constantly doing. I don't think most people even realize reddit is doing this.

[–]Handroid7[S] 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (4 children)

I didn't know Saidit has an app too.

Also, thanks alot for being so committed to free information. Reddit sadly isn't. They sitebanned me for legitimately criticising a misbehaving moderator (Ani625).


But what are features only the app has? (and not the mobile website)

[–]magnora7 5 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 1 fun -  (3 children)

https://saidit.net/s/SaidIt/wiki/index#wiki_apps_.26amp.3B_clients

Here's a link to the app, it explains more information about it. I honestly recommend using your phone browser to visit saidit, that's what I do. But if you want an app or you find that more convenient, we made that option.

[–]Handroid7[S] 5 insightful - 2 fun5 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 2 fun -  (2 children)

Very interesting article, thank you.

Unlike the SaidId app, the Reddit app also happens to be closed-source. <sarcasm>I wonder what they are hiding . . . .</sarcasm>

[–]magnora7 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Yeah it's sketchy I agree. Not to mention the code for the main reddit site itself stopped being open source in 2015. They're all about the profit now.

[–]Handroid7[S] 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Indeed.

[–]d3rr 6 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 2 fun -  (2 children)

My guess is that there are no ad blockers for the app, so they want you there.

[–]brbmodule 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

xposed comes to mind. not sure if it supports recent android versions.

[–]d3rr 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Way cool, TIL https://www.reddit.com/r/xposed/comments/6e1aeb/help_which_module_serves_the_best_ad_blocker/

I imagine that the usage of android ad blockers is far less than desktop browser ad blockers though.

[–]Orangutan 6 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 2 fun -  (1 child)

Access to your phone?

[–]Handroid7[S] 5 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Exactly.

[–]XOXO_HandBanana_XOXO 6 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

The app can access your phone's data, plus any databases connected to your phone. So they get your contacts, addresses, phone numbers, pictures, and more. They can then sell that data for profit. It's basically a semi-legal phishing scheme, and a huge pain in the ass for anyone who works in data security. One idiot puts an app on their phone, and next thing you know China somehow beat you to producing whatever product your company spend millions of dollars designing and testing.

[–]m68k 4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 2 fun -  (2 children)

Pretty much pushing malware.

[–]Handroid7[S] 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

[–]m68k 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Yep, seen that. Pretty much how that one guy got doxx'd.

[–]AGA 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

The Reddit app is absolute dogshit.