Red­dit Head Ad­mits Edit­ing

Naughty naughty...

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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.”

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