Ellen Pao has resigned from the position of CEO of Reddit after facing immense heat from users for the abrupt firing of Victoria Taylor, the site’s director of talent.
Steve Huffman, Reddit’s original CEO and co-founder is taking over the job as permanent CEO as off immediately.
Pao in a post on Reddit explained her specific reason for stepping down as “Ultimately, the board asked me to demonstrate higher user growth in the next six months than I believe I can deliver while maintaining Reddit’s core principles.”
The firing of Taylor saw protests from moderators who took down the AMA section, made popular subreddits private, effectively rendering much of Reddit useless.
Sam Altman, Reddit board member said that Pao resigned by mutual agreement and said that she would remain on the company’s board until the end of this year.