Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has quit from the board of the tech company and has asked the organization to replace him with a black candidate. The tech entrepreneur has also vowed to use potential earnings to support the black community on his Reddit stock.
It tends to follow days of protests toward police brutality and racial inequality in the United States. Mr Ohanian, who is married to Serena Williams, a black tennis champion, said he would donate $1 m ( £ 800,000) to Know Your Rights Camp, a non-profit organized by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Mr Ohanian and his college roommates Aaron Swartz and Steve Huffman created the Social Media website Reddit 15 years ago. He stepped down from daily duties in 2018 but up to now has retained a seat on the board of the company. Reddit had last year promoted its first female member of the board, Porter Gale.
But for hosting forums that promote racist content, the Website has come under fire. The organization has blocked groups such as r / blackpeoplehate, and r / MillionDollarExtreme alt-right. A pro-Trump forum, r / TheDonald, has also been “quarantined”.
It is to ensure that its material will not appear in website queries or recommendations.
Earlier this week, many prominent Reddit forums transferred their access rights. It is in private posts to protest against the company’s hate speech policies or blocked new posts entirely.