Former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong Slams Founder Alexis Ohanian on Reddit, Ohanian Responds

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This is straight up becoming way more drama than Fat People Hate ever was.

Former CEO of Reddit, Yishan Wong is credited with getting Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of the site that calls itself “The Front Page of The Internet,” back onboard. Now it is a decision he likely regrets.

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Ohanian, who’d left the site after the sale to Conde Nast, came back aboard allegedly at Wong’s insistence. As Chairman of the Executive Board, Ohanian was actually at the top of the management heap — the boss to the CEO as Wong terms it.

When Wong stepped down as CEO, Ellen Pao came in to replace him. It was a move that triggered outcries and protests from Reddit users nearly from the start. Now that Pao has stepped down from her role after she was vilified by Redditors, Wong has become incredibly vocal on Reddit about who the anger should really be directed at: Alexis Ohanian.

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Posting to the subreddit TheoryofReddit, which discusses the behind-the-scenes aspect of the popular social media site, Wong says “when the hate-train started up against Pao, Alexis should have been out front and center saying very clearly ‘Ellen Pao did not make this decision, I did.’ Instead, he just sat back and let her take the heat. That’s a stunning lack of leadership and an incredibly shitty thing to do.

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I actually asked that he be on the board when I joined; I used to respect Alexis Ohanian. After this, not quite so much.”

Ohanian did not take the allegations posted to his site lying down though. He responded on the same thread via his Reddit handle “knOthing”, “It saddens me to hear you say this, Yishan.I did report to her, we didn’t handle it well, and again, I apologize. edit: I can’t comment on the specifics.”

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A major moderator for several of the subreddits and allegedly a member of the board as well jumped in to comment on the matter showing how Ellen Pao actually was in a more supervisory role with regards to Alexis than Wong initially comprehended.

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Wong eventually backed off some, but said he is still extremely disappointed. It’s rare to see such a public outcry from the top level players and it may indicate that Reddit is in more trouble than initially anticipated.

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As kickme444 speculates in his post on the matter, this might be the last year of Reddit’s life.

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