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.
“This current policy lists only what you cannot do, articulates none of the values behind the rules, and does not explicitly take a stance on hate or racism.”
Huffman also said Reddit should have moved sooner to restrict access to r/The_Donald, a major forum for supporters of US President Donald Trump that Reddit ‘quarantined’ last year citing threats of violence against police and public officials.
Earlier in the week, former CEO Ellen Pao criticized Reddit when Huffman wrote a letter to employees in response to the protests. She tweeted that Reddit should have shutdown the forum rather than amplifying “hate, racism, and violence”.
Several Republican lawmakers wrote to Huffman last week criticising what they called his censorship of the r/The_Donald.
Internet entrepreneur Ohanian, who is married to American tennis player Serena Williams, also pledged $US1 million to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp, a campaign for legal awareness among youth.