Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian co-resigned from the technology company’s Board of Directors and urged the company to replace it with a black candidate.
The technology entrepreneur has also promised to use future earnings on Reddit its stock to “serve the black community. “
In a series of tweets, he said he was “like a father who needs to be able to meet his black daughter when she asks,” What you did “
It follows days of US protests against police brutality and racial inequality.
Mr. Ohanian, who is married to black tennis champion Serena Williams, said he would donate $ 1 million (£ 800,000) to know your rights Camp, nonprofit started by former quarter of the NFL Colin Kaepernick.
“I believe that the resignation may actually be an act of leadership by the people in power at the moment,” he said in a video. “For all those struggling to repair our shattered nation: do not stop. “
Mr. Ohanian founded the social media website Reddit 15 years ago with his college roommates Aaron Swartz and Steve Huffman.
He resigned from daily tasks in 2018, but retained a seat on the board of the company so far.
Reddit promoted its first woman member of the Board, Porter Gale, last year.
But the site is under fire for hosting forums that promote racist content. The company banned groups like r / blackpeoplehate and alt-right r / MillionDollarExtreme. It also “quarantined” pro-Trump forum, r / TheDonald, ensure that its contents do not appear in the website searches or recommendations.
Earlier this week, several popular forums Reddit switched their rights of access to private stations or banned entirely new, protesting against hate speech policies of the company. former executive chef Ellen K Pao also blasted his former employer in a tweet, saying: “You do not get to say [Black Lives Matter] when reddit feeds and monetizes white supremacy and hatred throughout the day. “