After months of being shut down by Redditors, a major social media platform is trying to get back online.
In April, Reddit banned several major social news websites, including BuzzFeed, Buzzfeed, Business Insider, and TechCrunch, after several major stories about a pedophile ring were exposed.
The ban lasted for a month.
“It’s a very, very hard thing to do,” CEO Steve Huffman told Bloomberg in June.
“It’s very hard to change.
I’ve never seen anything like this.”
The ban was a temporary measure, and Huffman said he hoped to bring it back later this year.
That effort hasn’t made it to the front page of Reddit, however, because Reddit is still facing a court order to remove posts about the pedophile rings.
Huffman says that Redditors are not “tolerant” of the stories, and he has told Redditors to stop posting them.
“This is a hard problem,” Huffman added.
“The most difficult thing to change is what we’re doing now.”
Huffmans Twitter feed has since been shut down.
He is the CEO of a small company called Digg.
He was previously a top executive at Yahoo, a company that was recently bought by Google for $3.7 billion.
According to Huffman, Redditors were “truly outraged” by stories about child sex rings.
He said that the ban was “unfortunate” for a few reasons, including that it “would have prevented some of the more egregious content” that has come to the attention of Redditors.
For example, Huffman’s company, Digg, was able to keep its top stories online after it was banned.
But he said that “there are a lot of other things that are more interesting to people.”
In an interview with Forbes, Huffmans chief executive officer, Sam Altman, also suggested that the banning of the sites was an attempt to “get rid of the trolls.”
“We think that these are very legitimate, legitimate questions that are being asked,” he said.
“There’s a lot we can do to help the community be more transparent, to get more answers.
And if we can make Reddit more appealing, we’re open to doing that.””
It just seemed like a really bad idea,” he added.
“I think we should have had a conversation.”
According to Altman’s comments, Reddit users were “really upset” by the ban.
But they weren’t “trying to be a bully.”
“The biggest thing I think we need to get over is the fact that the people who made the decision, they were very upset about it,” Altman said.
Huffman says Redditors weren’t particularly upset because of the ban, but because of its content.
“This is the platform that’s really trying to encourage discussion, to engage people in a way that has never been done before,” he explained.
“And so, for people to be angry, well, that’s understandable.
But that’s not really the way we want to operate.”HUFFMAN: I hope that [Reddit] gets back up and running in a year or two”