In a startling revelation, popular social media platform Reddit’s Chief Executive Officer Steve Huffman has confessed to have edited the posts made about him by Donald Trump fans. BBC quoted Huffman as saying on Thursday that rather than change the meaning of the posts, he simply redirected abuse targeted at him to the moderators of the “r/the_donald thread”. Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump had criticised Huffman for banning a community board dedicated to discussing a conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton.
The “Pizzagate” conspiracy alleged that Hillary and her campaign chief were involved in a child abuse ring operating out of a pizza restaurant in Washington DC. “It’s been a long week here trying to unwind the r/pizzagate stuff,” Huffman said in a post on Reddit.
Huffman added that his colleagues were angry with his actions and he “most assuredly won’t do this again”. After many Reddit members were furious at Huffman’s actions, and accused him of censorship, Huffman posted, “As the CEO, I shouldn’t play such games, and it’s all fixed now.”
Huffman had left to work on online travel service Hipmunk, before returning to Reddit as chief executive last year. Reddit is not the only platform to have come under sharp criticism after Donald Trump’s win in US elections. Facebook has also been accussed of spreading fake news about Hillary Clinton and helping Trump win. The social media giant, however, denied the charges.
President Obama also accussed Facebook of giving fake news a space and spreading misinformation about Hillary Clinton. Days after his win, Trump said on CBS’ 60 Minutes programme, that Twitter and Facebook had helped him win.
“I think it (Twitter and Facebook) helped me win all of these races where they’re spending much more money than I spent,” Trump had said.