As the dust settles over the fiasco which led to the resignation of Ellen Pao as CEO of Reddit, more details emerge that show a stunning lack of leadership at the company.
Yishan Wong, former Reddit CEO and Pao’s predecessor, took to Reddit claiming that Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, was the behind the firing of Victoria Taylor.
Apparently Ohanian who was at the time executive chairman was trying to take control of the site’s ‘ask me anything’ section which was organized by Victoria.
“He had different ideas for AMAs, he didn’t like Victoria’s role, and decided to fire her,” said Wong.
After learning of the sudden firing of Victoria Taylor who was a well-loved highly visible Reddit employee, the site’s moderators took to shutting down entire sections of the site in protest.
Pao was already facing heat from Reddit users for instituting stricter guideline which were perceived as limiting free speech on the platform and that turned into a fire when Victoria was fired.
“When the hate-train started up against Pao, Alexis should have been out front and center saying very clearly ‘Ellen Pao did not make this decision, I did,’ ” said Wong. “Instead, he just sat back and let her take the heat.”
Ohanian has hinted that he had a role to play in the firing of Victoria Taylor, but hasn’t come out saying he was the one to dismiss her. The company hasn’t given any details about why Victoria was fired and apart from surfacing to thank Reddit users for their support, Victoria herself hasn’t really mentioned the circumstances of her firing.
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