Co-founder of Reddit Alexi Ohanian has announced his resignation from the board of the social media site. He has also urged the board to appoint a black candidate in place of him.
Ohanian is a white and has linked his move to the protests that are going around the globe over killing George Floyd, the black man in Minneapolis after a police officer kept pressing his knee against his neck for several minutes even after he passed away.
The entrepreneur is married to Serena Williams, tennis star said he made this decision for the sake of his daughter.
“I am writing this as a father who needs to be able to answer is black daughter when she asks: “What did you do?” Ohanian said in a Kaepernick. Kaepernick which is known for kneeling to protest popular spirituality and racism in 2016 and later a grievance was filed claiming the league had blacklisted him as a result.
San Francisco based Reddit calls itself “the front page of the internet.” It has millions of users. Just like all the social media sites, it has had issues balancing of freedom of speech against posts with racist, inflammatory, and abusive content over the years.
Co-founder and CEO, Steve Huffman said in a Reddit post that, “The board would honor Ohanian’s wish to replace by a black candidate. Reddit was working with moderators to explicitly address hate speech.” he added