Steve Huffman, CEO of Reddit, admitted Wednesday to editing users’ comments because of criticism he received.
This came after Reddit banned the subreddit r/pizzagate, which was dedicated to a conspiracy theory linking Hillary Clinton to a child abuse ring.
Users of the r/the_donald, the subreddit dedicated to President Elect Donald Trump, heavily criticized Huffman, whose username is “spez” on Reddit. He then responded to a post by admitting to changing comments directed at him to moderators of the subreddit instead.
“Yep. I messed with the “fuck u/spez” comments, replacing “spez” with r/the_donald mods for about an hour,” he wrote. “It’s been a long week here trying to unwind the r/pizzagate stuff. As much as we try to maintain a good relationship with you all, it does get old getting called a pedophile constantly. 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.”
Huffman has come under widespread criticism for the move which is seen as a significant breach of trust in altering the free speech on the online forum.