Updated: July 13, 2015 2:18:51 pm
Ellen Pao has resigned from her position as Interim CEO of Reddit. “Ellen Pao resigned from reddit today by mutual agreement. I’m delighted to announce that Steve Huffman, founder and the original reddit CEO, is returning as CEO” said board member Sam Altman in a statement. With Steve as CEO, Alexis Ohanian will now work as co-founder.
Sam Altman termed the whole incident around Ellen Pao sickening and added “The reduction in compassion that happens when we’re all behind computer screens is not good for the world. People are still people even if there is Internet between you.”
He later assured to bring in more clarity about content policy and also lay down guidelines to preserve integrity of reddit. Sam adds, “If the reddit community cannot learn to balance authenticity and compassion, it may be a great website but it will never be a truly great community.”
Ellen Pao had been at the centre of criticism for quite some time now. We earlier reported Ellen Pao apologizing to Reddit users after some of the sub-reddits went private. Ellen Pao’s apology couldn’t calm reddit users. Earlier Ellen Pao fought a long court battle for gender discrimination against Kleiner Perkins . Ellen Pao took over as Interim CEO at a time when Yishan Wong resigned from his role as CEO.
Altman told the Times “Ellen has done a phenomenal job, especially in the last few months.”