According to Andy of Reddit’s product team, “We’re super excited to begin rolling out in-house image hosting on Reddit.com to select communities this week. For a long time, other image hosting services have been an integral part of how content is shared on Reddit — we’re grateful to those teams, but are looking forward to bringing you a more seamless experience with this new feature.”
This image hosting service will allow users to upload image files up to 20MB, and gifs up to 100MB onto Reddit directly. This will allow users to click on a title or image and be taken directly to the conversation, as opposed to current methods in which users have to click the “comments” link to take part in the conversation.
Note that this service is only in beta and will only roll out to select Reddit communities, which include GetMotivated, EarthPorn, Gaming, Space, OldSchoolCool, Sports, Art, Aww, Dataisbeautiful, Food, Funny, Gifs, mildlyinteresting, movies, photoshopbattles, pics. That being said with Reddit playing host to all kinds of communities including the NSFW variety, we have to wonder if there might be any kind of restriction Reddit might place for their own hosting services, although if anything will give them more control than before.