It has been quite the week for Reddit and its staff, following this week’s massive moderator protest ,the company’s interim CEO, Ellen Pao, has resigned, with Reddit co-founder, Steve Huffman ready to step in and take the reins immediately.
According to reports, this was a mutual decision between Pao and the Reddit board of directors. This follows a petition calling for Pao’s resignation, which was signed by over 200,000 people. It was clear that the mods and community at large were unhappy with the way Reddit was being handled, fuelling quite a bit of backlash.
Steve Huffman is apparently looking forward to returning to Reddit, after founding it a decade ago. The company will apparently begin focussing on strengthening its position on mobile and growing the platform.
Pao did release a resignation letter, pointing out that the board was pushing for growth in ways that the former CEO believed would go against the core principles of Reddit: “So why am I leaving? Ultimately, the board asked me to demonstrate higher user growth in the next six months than I believe I can deliver while maintaining reddit’s core principles.”
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KitGuru Says: Lots of news surrounding Reddit this week. Do you guys think Pao was right to step down? Do you think this will improve things at all?