Reddit Head Admits Editing
The CEO of Reddit, Steve Huffman, has admitted to editing users’ posts on the site. The posts were made on the subreddit thread about President-Elect Donald Trump, r/the_donald, concerned Huffman himself, and were largely not very nice. Thus, he decided to use his access to replace any mentions of his own username with the names of moderators of the subreddit, directing the abuse towards them instead, or so it looked.
Online abuse is a horrible, horrible thing – nobody’s going to question that – but Huffman knows that he really shouldn’t have done what he’s done. In a post on the site, he confirmed that some of his own colleagues were angry with him over this, and that Reddit members have, obviously, reacted angrily too, accusing Huffman of censorship. He added: “As the CEO, I shouldn’t play such games, and it’s all fixed now.”