Reddit CEO apologizes as calls for her resignation grow

Victor Barreiro Jr.
Reddit CEO apologizes as calls for her resignation grow
Pao acknowledges that Reddit's management 'screwed up'


MANILA, Philippines – Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao apologized on Monday, July 6 (July 7 Manila time), calling the recent dismissal of popular Reddit administrator Victoria Taylor – along with subreddits temporarily going private to protest Taylor’s dismissal – part of a long line of miscommunications between Reddit’s executives and staff and its users, the Redditors.

In a post, Pao acknowledged that the company “screwed up.”

Pao expounded, “Not just on July 2, but also over the past several years. We haven’t communicated well, and we have surprised moderators and the community with big changes.”

She added that despite apologizing and making promises over the years, Reddit has not delivered on those promises, and it has broken the trust Redditors have had with the staff behind the site.

A petition on for Pao to resign, however, is also gaining traction with around 198,000 signatures at the moment.

The petition mentions that Reddit is being run into the ground due to Pao seemingly instituting “a new age of censorship.”

On Pao’s apology post, Redditors poured out their particular concerns with Pao’s handling of both the past week’s debacle and the running of the affairs of one of the world’s most popular websites, including the appointment of a Moderator Advocate who would act as a liaison between Reddit and Reddit’s volunteer moderators.

Some of the comments were pieces of advice from CEOs of other companies, such as this comment from SlickDealsCEO:


Another comment took the point of view of an average user, pointing out the issues that were important for non-moderators who trust the site for content:

CONCERNS OF NON-MODS. Screen shot from Reddit.

While it will likely take a while for things to resolve themselves, here’s to hoping none of these developments end up becoming idle promises. –

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.