Alexis Ohanian Says He Left Reddit Board To Help Make real Positive Change

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Alexis Ohanian co-founded Reddit in 2005 with Steve Huffman and Aaron Swartz.

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[/tags/reddit/ Reddit] co-founder Alexis Ohanian [/news/alexis-ohanian-resigns-from-reddit-board-urges-company-to-fill-seat-with-a-black-candidate/ resigned from the company's board last week] in an effort to push the platform to become more diverse. Reddit on Wednesday made good on its promise to hire a black board member, [/news/reddit-appoints-michael-seibel-as-new-board-member-after-alexis-ohanian-resignation/ appointing Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel]. 
On Thursday, Ohanian, who co-founded Reddit in 2005 with Steve Huffman and Aaron Swartz, told CBS This Morning that leaving the company was a "hard decision," but that he did it for his his 2-year-old daughter and his wife, tennis pro Serena Williams. (Editors' note: CNET and CBS This Morning are both part of ViacomCBS.)

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"Reddit was my first child. I started it right out of college," Ohanian told CBS This Morning. "But looking inward, it was a hard decision until it was a really easy one … when I remembered that my greatest creation is not and never will be Reddit. It's my daughter, and I want her to be proud of her father."

One of [ @Reddit]'s founders is revealing how he plans to contribute to the fight against racism. [ @AlexisOhanian] resigned from Reddit's board & urged them to replace him with a black candidate.

He told [ @GayleKing] exclusively how his daughter influenced his decision. []
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) [ June 11, 2020]

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Ohanian announced his resignation from the Reddit board on June 5, urging the company to fill his seat with a black candidate. His resignation followed [ ] for "amplifying" racism and hate. In a blog post Friday, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said the platform will also change its content policy to "explicitly address hate."

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"I think if we follow this drumbeat of support, both offline and online, I think we're going to see more and more tech businesses in particular taking more responsibility over not just the content on their platforms, but also the diversity of their workforces," Ohanian told CBS This Morning. 

The changes come as [ ] continue across the US and the globe, with people demonstrating against the recent deaths of [ George Floyd], [ Breonna Taylor] and [ Ahmaud Arbery], and against systemic racism. 

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