Reddit CEO admits trolling Trump supporters

Steve Huffman edited abusive posts from Trump fans on the social sharing site

Reddit's CEO Steve Huffman has admitted changing posts written by Donald Trump supporters on the internet forum.

He explained he redirected abuse targeted at him to moderators of the r/the_donald thread instead, but even this small action, rather than editing the content of the posts led to people accusing him of censorship.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Huffman said his decision to change the posts was a response to the attacks he received after the sharing site removed a thread suggesting Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief were involved in a paedophile ring that was running from a pizza restaurant in Washington DC.

The owner of the pizza restaurant contacted social media sites including Reddit asking them to take the posts down because he was receiving death threats from people who believed the conspiracy.

"It's been a long week here trying to unwind the r/pizzagate stuff," Huffman said in a post on Reddit. "As much as we try to maintain a good relationship with you all, it does get old getting called a paedophile constantly. As the CEO, I shouldn't play such games, and it's all fixed now."

He added that users of Reddit weren't the only ones who were angry with the website's CEO tweaking posts his staff were also upset he had put the network's reputation in jeapardy.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

Huffman's controversial actions come only a few months after he returned to Reddit as the company's CEO. Although he co-founded the site, he left to work on travel service Hipmunk, but came back last year when previous interim chief executive Ellen Pao resigned.

Pao was forced to leave the company when Reddit moderators closed parts of the site down as a protest to the firing of community manager Victoria Taylor. However, it has since come to light that co-founder and board member Alexis Ohanian was responsible for the decision.

Featured Resources

Successful digital transformations are future ready - now

Research findings identify key ingredients to complete your transformation journey

Download now

Cyber security for accountants

3 ways to protect yourself and your clients online

Download now

The future of database administrators in the era of the autonomous database

Autonomous databases are here. So who needs database administrators anymore?

Download now

The IT expert’s guide to AI and content management

Your guide to the biggest opportunities for IT teams when it comes to AI and content management

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/business-strategy/public-sector/355134/the-it-pro-podcast-beating-trump-on-tech
public sector

The IT Pro Podcast: Beating Trump on tech

27 Mar 2020
Visit/mobile/google-android/354870/google-asks-the-white-house-to-return-its-apps-to-huawei-devices
Google Android

Google asks the White House to return its apps to Huawei devices

27 Feb 2020
Visit/security/internet-security/354484/facebook-exec-calls-cambridge-analytica-scandal-a-non-event
internet security

Facebook exec calls Cambridge Analytica scandal a "non event"

8 Jan 2020
Visit/policy-legislation/34515/what-has-donald-trump-done-for-the-tech-industry-so-far
Policy & legislation

What has Donald Trump done for the tech industry so far?

27 Sep 2019

Most Popular

Visit/software/video-conferencing/355257/taiwan-first-country-to-ban-zoom-amid-security-concerns
video conferencing

Taiwan becomes first country to ban Zoom amid security concerns

8 Apr 2020
Visit/security/cyber-security/355271/microsoft-gobbles-up-corpcom-domain-to-keep-it-from-hackers
cyber security

Microsoft gobbles up corp.com domain to keep it from hackers

8 Apr 2020
Visit/mobile/mobile-phones/355239/microsofts-patent-design-reveals-a-mobile-device-with-a-third-screen
Mobile Phones

Microsoft patents a mobile device with a third screen

6 Apr 2020