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Reddit CEO Admits He Changed Comments Critical Of Himself On A Pro-Trump Page

"As the CEO, I shouldn’t play such games, and it’s all fixed now," Steve Huffman said in a Reddit post.

Posted on November 24, 2016, at 2:54 p.m. ET

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman admitted Thursday to changing comments critical of him on a pro-Donald Trump page on the site.

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Huffman changed comments on the The_Donald subreddit that called him out for banning the Pizzagate page, which focused on a conspiracy theory trying to link the Clintons to a pedophile ring run out of Comet Ping Pong in Washington, DC.

In a Reddit post, Huffman admitted to replacing “spez,” his username, with the handles for moderators of The_Donald for about an hour.

“As much as we try to maintain a good relationship with you all, it does get old getting called a pedophile constantly,” Huffman said. “As the CEO, I shouldn’t play such games, and it’s all fixed now. Our community team is pretty pissed at me, so I most assuredly won’t do this again.”

The_Donald posted an archive of the thread before Huffman's changes.


Here’s the same post with “spez” being switched out for The_Donald moderators.

This isn’t the first time a Reddit CEO has come under fire. Last year Reddit banned groups dedicated to racist, sexist, and fat-shaming topics. The Reddit community heavily criticized Ellen Pao, who was CEO at the time.

She resigned after criticism intensified following the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, a popular employee at Reddit.

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