Reddit co-founder, Serena William's husband, quits board; seeks black candidate

WION Web Team San Francisco, United States of America Jun 06, 2020, 11.39 AM(IST)

Ohanian and Williams Photograph:( AFP )

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Ohanian said in an online post that he resigned from the board of Reddit, which he co-founded 15 years ago. He vowed to use any future gains on his stock in the enterprise to serve the black community, predominantly by curbing racial hate.

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, the husband of tennis star Serena Williams, has quit from his seat on the board of the social news company to be given to a black candidate.

Ohanian and Williams married three years ago and have one child.

Ohanian said in an online post that he resigned from the board of Reddit, which he co-founded 15 years ago. He vowed to use any future gains on his stock in the enterprise to serve the black community, predominantly by curbing racial hate.

Ohanian also pledged a million dollars to former NFL star Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp.

"It's long overdue to do the right thing," Ohanian said in a video posted online.

"I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now," the 37-year-old Reddit co-founder said.

"To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: do not stop."

Reddit chief executive Steve Huffman said in a blog post this week that the online bulletin board is exploring what it can do to give people a voice and be an impetus for change when it comes to racial justice.

Reddit last year "quarantined" a popular forum of supporters of President Donald Trump, claiming users repeatedly violated platform rules by promoting violence.

(with inputs from AFP)