Reddit founder (Serena's husband) quits board, seeks black member

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Resigns to Help

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian steps down from board, calls for black successor

Reddit co-founder and executive chairman Alexis Ohanian announced that he is stepping down from its board and called for a black candidate to replace him, distancing himself from the sometimes controversial social media platform.

The tech entrepreneur has also pledged to use future gains on his Reddit stock to "serve the black community". "I am doing this for me, my family and for my country".

Alexis Ohanian, 37, has a net worth of $9 million, while Serena Williams has an estimated net worth of $180 million.

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Reddit, one of the most popular websites in the world, has always been a source of controversy.

Reddit promoted its first female board member, Porter Gale, last year.

Earlier this week, over 25 popular Reddit threads went private to protest against racist content on its platform.

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Huffman wrote in a post on the site that "the unacceptable gap" between Reddit's content policy and values has reduced the company's effectiveness in combating hate and racism, and slowed down its response to problems.

Huffman recently told Zachary Swanson, a cybersecurity researcher, that Reddit didn't want to be a "thought police" as it was a private entity.

Ohanian, who is married to tennis star Serena Williams, said resignation can be an "act of leadership" and urged protestors to not stop fighting for their cause. Pao quoted a letter Huffman had written to employees stating that the platform does not tolerate hate, violence and racism. So much of what is happening now lies at your feet. "We at Reddit are opting for the latter, and we will do our very best to be a part of the progress".

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The couple welcomed their daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.in September 2017 and followed it up with a celebrity filled wedding in New Orleans in November 2017. "You don't get to say BLM when Reddit nurtures and monetises white supremacy and hate all day long", Pao tweeted.

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