Former Reddit director Victoria Taylor took to the platform on Wednesday afternoon to thank her supporters for their actions over the weekend, saying that their voices “matter.”
As Reddit’s director of communications and talent for the past two years, Taylor established the Ask Me Anything (AMA) feature. Her time at Reddit came to an abrupt end last weekend when word leaked out about her firing. Moderators for subreddits took down their pages in response and a petition quickly circulated calling for the ousting of Pao.
Although Taylor broke her silence today, she has yet to offer an explanation for her dismissal — nor has Reddit interim chief executive Ellen Pao. The whole episode is shrouded in mystery.
Amid the uproar, Pao and Reddit chairman Alexis Ohanian apologized to the community, saying that the company “screwed up,” and promised changes to better support moderators and users.
Here are Taylor’s full remarks on Reddit:
How was your weekend? Mine was…interesting, to say the least.
I’ve had some time to think about how to respond to the extraordinary kindness and support you’ve shown me. And here it is:
I’ll never forget my time at reddit. You allowed me to be a part of some of the greatest conversations of our time, and it was an honor to be your ambassador.
I just want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who have reached out.
Thank you for everything you’ve given me. From your messages to your artwork, I am deeply moved and grateful beyond words, and your encouragement has meant more than you’ll ever know.
I’ve been incredibly humbled and honored to serve this community, and I truly believe all voices matter.
Your voices matter.
You proved that this weekend.
And really, this weekend wasn’t about me. It was about you. And if I know one thing about this community, it’s that you’ll continue making your voices heard. And that’s an inspiration.
I know many of you may be curious about what’s next for me, and I’m still figuring that out. However, I can assure you, wherever the road leads, I will live up to the faith you’ve had in me.
You can take the woman out of reddit, but you can’t take the reddit out of the woman. I believe in you. And that’s a promise.