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Reddit launches News tab for its iOS app

Published 6/23/2018 by IanDorfman

Reddit users that utilize the social network as an aggregate for news to consume will be getting a feature catered specifically to them, starting with a beta on Reddit's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch app.

Reddit's development team has implemented news functionality into the iOS app. In the post announcing the feature by Reddit's News Product Manager, the News tab will enable users who are subscribed to many non-news related subreddit communities to have an aggregate solution to sorting through their feeds (as well as r/popular and r/all). The news will be distributed into common categories, including business, politics, science, sports, and technology.

In a comment on the post, further detailing on the way content is selected for the News tab was detailed. In addition to active moderation and accurate reflection of news article titles, the following criteria were established:

In order to build the tab, we first had to find which subreddits were engaging with news the most. To do this, we looked at the most-clicked posts by domain, limited the list of domains to media and publishers and ended up with a list of ~1000 domains. This list helped us to identify communities that met a minimum threshold of engagement with posts from the domain list.
The community must have a strong record of upholding Reddit content policies and be in accordance with our guidelines for healthy communities

Further details on the future of the News tab, such as when it will launch on Andoid and the web, as well as a public launch date, were not disclosed.

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