Jun 10, 2020 - Technology

Reddit appoints Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel to board

Michael Seibel at TechCrunch Disrupt 2019. Photo: Kimberly White/Getty Images for TechCrunch

Reddit has appointed Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel to its board to replace co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who stepped down last week and urged the company to replace him with a black candidate.

Why it matters: The board change comes amid growing scrutiny of Reddit's content moderation, which has often been accused of not curbing hateful content enough.

  • Notably, Siebel runs Y Combinator's accelerator program, which helped Reddit in its earliest days.
  • Siebel himself co-founded two companies that went through the program, Justin.tv which eventually became Twitch, and SocialCam, which he sold to Autodesk in 2012.

Go deeper: Axios' Dan Primack spoke with Ohanian about Reddit's future last year

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