The CEO of Reddit, Steve Huffman, admitted to editing comments that criticised him on the site, pointing them instead at the moderators of the_donald subreddit.
Below is the full text of his response, after being called out by the users of the sub reddit. He still didn’t exactly apologise, but this is about as good as it gets. Huffman posts on the site as u/spez.
Yep. I messed with the “fuck u/spez” comments, replacing “spez” with r/the_donald mods for about an hour. It’s been a long week here trying to unwind the r/pizzagate stuff. As much as we try to maintain a good relationship with you all, it does get old getting called a pedophile constantly. As the CEO, I shouldn’t play such games, and it’s all fixed now. Our community team is pretty pissed at me, so I most assuredly won’t do this again.
Reddit is now wondering, what other comments the mods modify silently, if admins have such power? The pizzagate is another story, propelled by fake news. Huffman and team banned the subreddit after users began posting personal information about individuals. R_Donald mods didn’t take this well, and they vented on him.
He is particularly not font of people calling him a pedophile at lengths, if we are to take his word for it.