Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Resigns to Help "Curb Racial Hate"

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Resigns to Help

The tech entrepreneur has also pledged to use future gains on his Reddit stock to "serve the black community".

" He touted resignation as a potential act of leadership from people in power in the midst of the nation's reckoning catalyzed by the homicide case of George Floyd who died in custody of the Minneapolis police".

Ohanian, who shares a daughter named Olympia with tennis stalwart Serena Williams, revealed that he is playing his part in eliminating systemic racism, to "be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: 'What did you do?'" He posted this poignant image of officer Krystle Smith scolding a member of her squadron for his behavior during the protests.

Alexis Ohanian has resigned from the Reddit board. Pao quoted a letter Huffman had written to employees stating that the platform does not tolerate hate, violence and racism.


Huffman was publicly shamed by Reddit's former interim CEO, Ellen Pao, on Twitter for the website's complicity in protecting and amplifying communities built around hate and harassment. Ohanian remembers his daughter in a video speaking on his resignation: "Fifteen years ago I co-founded Reddit to find community and a sense of belonging, it's long overdue to do the right thing". So much of what is happening now lies at your feet.

Huffman didn't say explicitly whether the company would officially ban The_Donald forum, which he described as being in a "near-dead state".

The announcement also arrives amid a debate over the responsibility of tech and social media companies as Reddit has been criticized for promoting and profiting from white supremacy and hate.

Reddit, based in San Francisco, calls itself "the front page of the internet" and has millions of users. The first installment will be $1 million for former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp, a legal defense program.

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