Reddit, one of the most popular sites on the internet and a social media platform that is almost entirely user-driven, has been in open revolt since June. Last week, that revolt culminated with the dismissal of CEO Ellen Pao.
Reddit’s users thought they’d won victory for their values of free speech absolutism and resistance against the political correctness culture of oppression.
And then they learned they were wrong.
Late on Tuesday, a prior CEO of Reddit, Yishan Wong, posted on the site that the users were mistaken. In fact, he said, they had ousted their best ally in Reddit’s culture of free speech absolutism — and that Reddit’s culture had become so toxic and hateful that the hammer was about to come down.