Ellen Pao resignation
Ellen Pao resigned from her position as interim CEO of reddit today following years of quantities of racist and misogynist abuse from reddit’s userbase.
GamerGaters have, predictably, been celebrating, both in their forum on reddit and on Twitter. They’re doing so with their usual, predictable combination of lies about “censorship” (they keep thinking that a private website choosing to remove their comments is “censoring them” and abridging their “free speech”):
Not all of the people behind the harassment of Pao are associated with #GamerGate, but #GamerGate is only one of many hate groups that engage in large-scale harassment intended to silence women, people of color, and other members of marginalize groups. Many of these groups use reddit as a platform.
More on Pao’s resignation:
- Katherine Cross and others talk about how this relates to harassment and misogyny
- NYTimes: Ellen Pao Is Stepping Down as Reddit’s Chief
More on reddit’s history with hate groups:
- The SLPC writes about misogynist hate sites
- SLPC’s Keegan Hankes on Gawker: How Reddit Became a Worse Black Hole of Violent Racism than Stormfront