Users of the popular community board, reddit, must be happy today as Ellen Pao has resigned from the position of CEO of reddit as part of a “mutual agreement”, and is being replaced by Steve Huffman, founder and the original reddit CEO.
This comes as Pao received backlash from many users after controversial decisions resulted in the site not being as open to free speech as once thought. Though the straw that broke the camels back, at least with the community, was when popular AMA moderator, /u/chooter, was let go from her position with little warning.
In a message on the reddit announcement subreddit, user /u/samaltman wrote:
We are thankful for Ellen’s many contributions to reddit and the technology industry generally. She brought focus to chaos, recruited a world-class team of executives, and drove growth. She brought a face to reddit that changed perceptions, and is a pioneer for women in the tech industry. She will remain as an advisor to the board through the end of 2015. I look forward to seeing the great things she does beyond that.
We’re very happy to have Steve back. Product and community are the two legs of reddit, and the board was very focused on finding a candidate who excels at both (truthfully, community is harder), which Steve does. He has the added bonus of being a founder with ten years of reddit history in his head. Steve is rejoining Alexis, who will work alongside Steve with the new title of “cofounder”.
Following the turmoil on the site last week, a petition was launched requesting the resignation of Pao which amassed over 16,000 signatures soon after last week’s uproar and has since gained around 200,000 signatures.
Pao since apologised for what had happened as of late and vowed to make things better, though nobody expected her to jump ship quite so soon.
You can read the full announcement here.