Ellen Pao resigns as Reddit CEO, co-founder and original chief Steve Huffman takes over

By Shawn Knight
Jul 11, 2015
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  1. What’s old is new again as Reddit co-founder and original CEO Steve Huffman has once again been handed the reins to the front page of the Internet. The appointment comes during a tumultuous time for the site and is a direct result of interim CEO Ellen Pao’s resignation.

    To most familiar with the Reddit community, her resignation isn’t at all surprising.

    Pao joined Reddit in April 2013 as a business and partnerships strategist and was eventually promoted to interim CEO last November. Under her watch, Reddit embarked on a campaign to clean up its image starting with a revised privacy policy regarding sexually explicit images early this year.

    Last month, Reddit banned five community forums (subreddits) as part of a new anti-harassment policy. The move created a caustic environment among some of the site’s members – especially proponents of free speech – but it was the firing of beloved communications director Victoria Taylor that proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back

    Moderators for a number of popular subreddits made their respective subreddits private in protest of the firing. A petition on calling for Pao’s resignation that went live last month gained support by the droves, amassing more than 200,000 signatures before she stepped down on Friday.

    In her farewell post, Pao said she’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly on Reddit during her eight months as CEO. The good, Pao noted, has been off-the-wall inspiring while the ugly has made her doubt humanity.

    Pao contends that the latest controversies didn’t directly lead to her exit. Instead, she said she elected to leave because the board of directors demanded growth that she didn’t feel was possible to attain. She will remain associated with the site as an advisor to the board through the end of the year.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,378   +2,167

    "Instead, she said she elected to leave because the board of directors demanded growth that she didn’t feel was possible to attain."

    Right. Because that never came up when she was being vetted for the position.
    Burty117, ikesmasher and wastedkill like this.
  3. ninjagai

    ninjagai TS Rookie Posts: 26   +16

    So she fired someone who had leukemia, sued reddit bosses over gender nonsense, and had boards that she wasn't sympathetic to shut down (despite other boards that support doxxing and gore).

    Good riddance. Maybe she should take her gender studies degree and try to get a job flipping burgers.
    davislane1 and Dookii like this.
  4. Dookii

    Dookii TS Rookie

    Thats the thing these days, if you cant win a argument go all SJW!

    So far its a good thing that most of all that SJW stuff is only really succsesfull on the net.
    IRL it rarely really truly makes a win. In australia it had costed some feminist politician a election because she was constantly hammering the comptetition with comments like " I will not let.... especially BY A MAN" over and over on national TV.

    Men and woman voted for that competition in masses instead of her. There is still hope as long as people keep realising how ridiculous they all are and dont feel socialy pressured to jump on to the bandwagon as a lot of weaklings do.

    Im glad she is gone btw.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 13, 2015

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