Here’s what happened to Reddit forum Antiwork after bizarre Fox interview


On Wednesday, Reddit’s r/antiwork went private after a Fox interview with presenter Jesse Waters and one of the forum’s moderators, Doreen Ford.

R/antiwork is a subreddit that has been around since 2013. It has become one of the fastest-growing forums on the site and expanded further during the pandemic.

However, the forum temporarily closed down this week before going private. So, what happened?

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Here’s what happened to r/antiwork

On Wednesday (January 26th, 2022), the forum temporarily closed down before going private.

Moderators wrote at the time: “We’re closed while we deal with the cleanup from ongoing brigading, and will be back soon.”

The term ‘brigading’ refers to a group of users with a coordinated behaviour from another subreddit who spam posts and messages to a particular forum.

At the time of writing, r/antiwork states that is a private community, followed by the message: “The moderators of r/antiwork have set this community as private. Only approved members can view and take part in its discussions.”

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This comes after Fox interview

The subreddit went private following a Fox interview between presenter Jesse Watters and Doreen Ford, who is one of the forum’s moderators.

In the interview, Watters questioned the idea behind the online movement, asking: “Why do you like the idea of being home, not working, but still getting paid by corporate America.”

“There are some misconceptions about the movement,” responded Ford. “We want to still put in effort. We want to put in labor, but we don’t want to necessarily be in a position where we feel trapped.”

Watters questioned the potential consequences of promoting anti-work, to which Ford replied: “I think laziness is a virtue in a society where people constantly want you to be productive 24/7.

“It’s good to have rest, that doesn’t mean you should rest all the time or not be putting time into things you care about.”

More about the movement

The forum was created in 2013 and expanded during the pandemic with 1.7 million users at the time of publication.

In a previous interview with the BBC, Ford explained: “We have a steady growing membership of between 20,000 and 60,000 followers a week. We have a ton of growth and a tonne of engaged members. We get hundreds of posts and thousands of comments every single day.”

Meanwhile, in a statement in November last year, another moderator told The Independent: “Anti-work is a philosophy that is a radical one, that tries to strike at the systemic issues within capitalism – but I think that intuitive thing, where a lot of people are trying to do work-life balance, a lot of people are quitting their jobs, a lot of people are fed up with how their companies may been handling Covid and stuff like that.”

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