George Floyd: Reddit co-founder quits board and asks for black substitute

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Image caption Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is married to tennis champion Serena Williams

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has resigned from the tech agency’s board and urged the corporate to exchange him with a black candidate.

The tech entrepreneur has additionally pledged to make use of future positive factors on his Reddit inventory to “serve the black community.”

In a sequence of tweets, he mentioned he was doing it “as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: ‘What did you do?'”

It follows days of US protests towards police brutality and racial inequality.

Mr Ohanian, who’s married to black tennis champion Serena Williams, mentioned he can be donating $1m (£800,000) to Know Your Rights Camp, a non-profit began by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now,” he mentioned in a video. “To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: do not stop.”

Mr Ohanian based social media web site Reddit 15 years in the past together with his school roommates Aaron Swartz and Steve Huffman.

He stepped down from day by day duties in 2018 however has retained a seat on the corporate’s board till now.

Reddit promoted its first feminine board member, Porter Gale, final 12 months.

But the web site has come below hearth for internet hosting boards that promote racist content material. The firm has banned teams like r/blackpeoplehate and alt-right r/MillionDollarExtreme. It has additionally “quarantined” a pro-Trump discussion board, r/TheDonald, making certain that its content material doesn’t seem in web site searches or suggestions.

Earlier this week, a number of fashionable Reddit boards switched their entry rights to non-public, or banned new posts totally, to protest towards the corporate’s hate speech insurance policies. Ex-chief govt Ellen Okay Pao additionally lambasted her former employer in a tweet, saying: “You don’t get to say [Black Lives Matter] when reddit nurtures and monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long.”

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