“I’m doing this for myself, for my family, and for my country,” Ohanian says. “I’m saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks, ‘What did you do?’”Ohanian’s video included two additional pledges: using future gains from his Reddit stock to support racial justice causes and a $1 million donation to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. Know Your Rights is a series of training camps for teenagers sponsored by the activist and football star, covering topics like legal rights during arrests, financial literacy and investment, and nutrition.The bar for support is rising, as critics call on tech companies to go beyond the easy PR of social media posts and donations. They’re asking Silicon Valley to meaningfully account for its past failures on diversity.
Huffman spoke to this directly in a post that went live shortly after Ohanian’s announcement. Describing an “unacceptable gap between our beliefs as people and a company and what you see in our content policy,” the CEO pledged to work closely with subreddit moderators to overhaul the company’s content policies in coming weeks to take an explicit stand against hate speech.
These volunteers are from a little subreddit called r/TranscribersOfReddit, who voluntarily type out extremely detailed descriptions of various content so that visually impaired people can access it.Since the subreddit launched three years ago, r/TranscribersOfReddit’s 3,186 volunteer transcribers have completed almost 100,000 transcriptions and descriptions of content across the site.
Reddit has long been a cesspool for extremist thought. In recent years, misogynist rhetoric on the platform has increased , according to a 2019 paper, even as leaders banned some of the most flagrant subreddits and revised content moderation policies. A second paper found that a subreddit is banned, its most active users simply migrate to other Reddit communities in the gray space of objectionable but not ban-worthy.In a tweet to Huffman on Monday, former Reddit CEO Ellen K. Pao, whose focus on takedowns made her a target of widespread criticism, accused the company of monetizing white supremacy, profiting from the viral growth of racist subreddits like r/TheDonald. Ohanian, too, is under renewed criticism for his tenure at the company.