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Top Reddit resigns and wants black candidate to replace him

Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of the discussion platform Reddit and husband of Serena Williams, resigned from the board on Friday. He asked the company to replace him with a black candidate.

“It’s time to do the right thing,” Ohanian said in a video on Twitter. In his own words, he made the decision “as a father who should be able to answer when one day his black daughter will ask him: ‘and what have you done’?”

In addition to being replaced by a black driver, Ohanian also plans to put future dividends from his shares of Reddit at the service of the black community to “fight racial hatred”.

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Alexis Ohanian with wife Serena Williams during the premiere of the documentary 'Being Serena'.
©AFP – Alexis Ohanian with wife Serena Williams during the premiere of the documentary ‘Being Serena’. (25/04/2018)

After the death of black detainee George Floyd, the United States is engulfed in a wave of protest against racism and police brutality.

Reddit under attack

CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman has already said in a response that he will grant Ohanian’s wish and hoist a black driver on board. Huffman also promised to tighten the rules on explicit hate messages on Reddit.

Reddit has come under fire in the past for providing a forum for far-right American groups. Two years ago, the platform launched an offensive to get rid of these users, but according to critics, Reddit is still not acting decisively.

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