Reddit forum site, which notably hosts the popular WallStreetBets forum at the center of American stock market news at the start of the year, confirmed to AFP on Tuesday to be worth $ 6 billion after a fundraising of $ 250 million dollars.
“We decided that now was the right time to make strategic investments, including in video, advertising, customer products and expansion into international markets,” the company said in a blog post circulated. in Monday evening.
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According to several American media, this fundraising brings the total value of the company to 6 billion dollars, which Reddit confirmed to AFP.
In December, Reddit acquired the lightweight video sharing platform Dubsmash, competitor of TikTok, for an amount that was not disclosed.
The stock marketers of the WallStreetBets forum, which has nearly 9 million subscribers, caused a wave of panic to blow in New York at the end of January by investing heavily in the securities of companies in failing financial health, in particular the stores of GameStop video games.
The prices of GameStop shares and a few other groups then soared, countering the ambitions of large hedge funds that had bet on their collapse.
These titles have since erased a significant portion of their earnings.
The speculative fever that gripped Wall Street and the decisions made by some hedge funds and brokerage platforms have sparked multiple reactions, with politicians questioning attempts to manipulate the market.
The US stock market regulator has also said it is closely studying the situation.
Founded in 2005 by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, Reddit claims more than 50 million daily users.
The site, which brings together different communities of interest exchanging on forums (“sub-reddit”), is often presented as a standard-bearer of freedom of expression on the internet.
Reddit is also behind the famous “Ask Me Anything” (AMAs), where a personality responds live to questions from Internet users. Barack Obama, Bill Gates or Madonna have already lent themselves to this exercise.
The site has been singled out several times for excessive behavior by certain users or sharing hateful content.
A popular forum of supporters of former US President Donald Trump was notably closed last year for violating the site’s rules by posting messages inciting racism or violence.