Interim CEO Ellen Pao apologized today, acknowledging "a long history of mistakes."
"We screwed up," Pao posted to the social-sharing website. "Not just on July 2, but also over the past several years."
The July 2 in question that Pao refers to is the date that the San Francisco-based company fired Victoria Taylor, who coordinated the site's popular Ask Me Anything (AMA) feature, where celebrities and other noteworthy folks, like President Obama, answered questions submitted by the Reddit community.
On Friday, in protest, the moderators of various Reddit sections mounted an insurrection of sorts, taking their areas private so regular users couldn't access them. The rebellion spread until many popular areas, including those in movies, science and gaming, were all locking people out.
One moderator wrote an open letter: "Whilst this protest initial began because of the dismissal of Victoria from the administration team, it is not the primary cause, it is merely the straw that broke the camel’s back." The letter complained that Reddit's "communication with moderators, as well as with the wider community, has been lacking.
In her apology, Pao promised moderators improved tools, an option to use the site's old version of search, and the appointment of a moderator advocate. "She will be the contact for moderators with reddit and will help figure out the best way to talk more often," Pao wrote. "We’re also going to figure out the best way for more administrators, including myself, to talk more often with the whole community."
A petition on Change.org demanding that Pao step down has been signed by more than 192,000 people as of this writing. Pao has previously been in the public eye for her unsuccessful gender bias lawsuit against Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Perkins.