Former Reddit head of product Dan McComas told New York magazine that he believes his time at the internet forum “made the world a worse place.”
McComas said a relentless pursuit of growth has led to user safety and wellbeing being sacrificed.
He also criticised Twitter and Discord, and has “no hope” that these platforms can ever be free from abuse.
Former Reddit product head Dan McComas gave New York magazine a bracingly honest account of his time at the internet forum.
McComas said growth trumped everything in Reddit board meetings, even if it was harmful for Reddit’s community, which now sits at 330 monthly active users.
“The incentive structure is simply growth at all costs,” said McComas, who worked at Reddit from 2009 to 2015, nine of months which were spent as head of product.
“There was never, in any board meeting that I have ever attended, a conversation about the users, about things that were going on that were bad, about potential dangers, about decisions that might affect potential dangers.”
He added: “I fundamentally believe that my time at Reddit made the world a worse place. And that sucks, and it sucks to have to say …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Tech