For the last few years, Reddit has seemed content to allow Imgur to be its de-facto image host. But in late May, Reddit announced that it was beta testing its own internal image hosting platform; Tuesday, it announced that image hosting is now available on all of Reddit’s safe-for-work subreddits. NSFW support is coming soon, Reddit said.Via.
Reddit hasn’t said it outright, but it’s obvious that this is a move that’s at least partly designed to stop sending Reddit’s considerable user base to a website that is now a direct competitor.
Getting addicted to flicking through things in a spare moment sounds an awful lot like what people use Reddit for, and if most of Reddit is Imgur anyway, why bother with Reddit?