An anonymous reader shares a report: The Reddit blackout protests didn’t quite force the company to reverse course on its API changes that resulted in the shutdown of many popular third-party apps, but it did succeed in dominating the conversation around the platform for weeks. However, while everyone was paying attention to the protests, Reddit made some other big changes to its platform. One of those changes resulted in the removal of years of users’ private conversations on the platform.

Over the past few weeks, many Redditors have reported the disappearance of their private chat logs and messages shared between other Reddit users over the years. Mashable also noticed the same on two reporters’ personal accounts. Messages and live chats from before 2023 are no longer accessible by users. Mashable confirmed with Reddit that messages and chat history are no longer available if they were made prior to January 1,

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