Reddit claims that the policy of not collecting personal information allows people to be “more true to themselves.”
All that’s required to create an account and post on any of Reddit’s 1.2 million forums is an email address, a username, and a password. You don’t need to tell the company your birthday, your gender, or even your real name.
“Reddit doesn’t want the burden of personal information … and is not selling personal information.” [Steven Huffman, the co-founder and CEO of Reddit]
Huffman argued that anonymity on Reddit actually makes using the site “more like a conversation one has in real life” than other exchanges on the internet. “When people detach from their real-world identities, they can be more authentic, more true to themselves,” he claimed.