Steve Huffman is an American web developer, who founded the social networking website Reddit. After reddit, he co-founded the airfare search-engine site Hipmunk.
Early life and career
Steve Huffman was born on November 12, 1983.
He is a graduate of Wakefield School in The Plains, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia, where he majored in Computer Science. After graduating, Huffman partenered with classmate Alexis Ohanian to start Reddit, which was initially funded by Y Combinator, in 2005. Reddit was acquired by Condé Nast in 2006.
In 2010, Huffman teamed up with Adam Goldstein to create the travel site Hipmunk, with funding also from Y Combinator. In 2011, Huffman was named to Inc. magazine's 30 under 30 list. Huffman is the instructor for "CS253: Web Development", an e-learning course that began on April 2012 offered by online education provider Udacity.
In 2014 Huffman said that his decision to sell Reddit had been a mistake, and that the site's growth had exceeded his expectations. On July 10, 2015, after Ellen Pao's resignation, Huffman was appointed CEO of Reddit.
Shortly after being appointed CEO of Reddit in 2015, Huffman said that some controversial communities shouldn't be on Reddit, writing that "neither Alexis nor I created reddit to be a bastion of free speech, but rather as a place where open and honest discussion can happen." Huffman later stated while Reddit had not been created as a "bastion of free speech," the concept "is important to us." Huffman later created new policies that would require users to opt-in to seeing some content, and blocking material that encourages "Systematic and/or continued actions to torment or demean someone."
On November 23, 2016 a member of a subreddit dedicated to Donald Trump, /r/The_Donald, posted evidence indicating that Reddit administrators had modified multiple user comments inside the subreddit. Following this post Huffman took responsibility for the comment modifications, writing that “Our community team is pretty pissed at me, so I most assuredly won’t do this again.” His administrative modifications involved changing one specific insulting phrase, in several comments, to make them appear as if the insults were directed toward the moderators of the subreddit instead of him. In a Reddit post Huffman wrote that he "messed with" some of the comments but that he "restored the original comments after less than an hour." On November 30, 2016, Huffman announced that sticky posts from /r/The_Donald would no longer show up on r/all, stating that the community's moderators were abusing the feature in order to "slingshot posts into r/all, often in a manner that is antagonistic to the rest of the community."