Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced his resignation from the website’s board in a message posted on Friday afternoon to his personal website. Reddit is one of the most popular websites in the world, with an Alexa ranking as the 20th most trafficked globally with over 330 million users. The move to step down comes as protests against police brutality have overcome the nation, spurred by the death of George Floyd.
In his message, Ohanian specifically cited the desire to promote racial equality as the reason for his decision to step down (via AlexisOhanian.com).
Ohanian began his resignation announcement by stating that he co-founded Reddit — which has been called the “front-page” of the internet — 15 years ago as a way to offer members of the web a “community” and “sense of belonging.”
However, after his brief introduction, Ohanian quickly shifted to his motivation behind the unanticipated decision.