Reddit CEO: ‘We screwed up’

Moderators locked up sections of the site after a popular talent director was fired.

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Reddit, one of the Web’s most popular sites, faced a user revolt over the weekend after the company fired talent director Victoria Taylor last week.

Several of the site’s subreddit moderators locked out users from posting or seeing any content.

Taylor was a popular and highly visible figure at Reddit, having coordinated several of the high-profile r/IAmA (Ask Me Anything) sessions on the site, which featured celebrities and even President Barack Obama.

Though the site’s interim CEO, Ellen Pao, apologized through multiple media sources, she faced heavy criticism for refusing to answer questions about Taylor’s dismissal or address users directly on the site. For example, Pao told Time on Friday, “I want to apologize to our community for yesterday. We handled the transition in a way that caused some disruption, and we should have done a better job.”

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