Reddit CEO admits to secretly editing comments from Trump supporters

Steve Huffman, the CEO of Reddit, admitted on Wednesday that he altered a number of insulting user comments directed at him, reports the Verge.

According to CNET, the posts in question were part of the fallout from the site's shutdown of a subreddit called 'Pizzagate,' which was dedicated to a discredited conspiracy theory that connected both Hillary Clinton and John Podesta to a ring of pedophiles.

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Steve Huffman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Reddit Inc., stands for a photograph after a Bloomberg Technology television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Huffman discussed social media's impact on the U.S. election. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Steve Huffman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Reddit Inc., speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Huffman discussed the company's business strategy. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Steve Huffman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Reddit Inc., stands for a photograph after a Bloomberg Technology television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Huffman discussed social media's impact on the U.S. election. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Steve Huffman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Reddit Inc., speaks during a Bloomberg Technology television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Huffman discussed social media's impact on the U.S. election. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Alexis Ohanian, chairman and co-founder of Reddit Inc., right, speaks as Steve Huffman, chief executive officer and co-founder of Reddit Inc., listens during a Bloomberg West television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Huffman and Ohanian discussed the evolution of Reddit and the future of their business model. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Steve Huffman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Reddit Inc., speaks during a Bloomberg Technology television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Huffman discussed social media's impact on the U.S. election. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Steve Huffman, chief executive officer and co-founder of Reddit Inc., smiles during a Bloomberg West television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Huffman discussed the evolution of Reddit and the future of the company's business model. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Steve Huffman, chief executive officer and co-founder of Reddit Inc., listens during a Bloomberg West television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Huffman discussed the evolution of Reddit and the future of the company's business model. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Steve Huffman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Reddit Inc., speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Huffman discussed the company's business strategy. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Steve Huffman, chief executive officer and co-founder of Reddit Inc., left, speaks as Alexis Ohanian, chairman and co-founder of Reddit Inc., listens during a Bloomberg West television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Huffman and Ohanian discussed the evolution of Reddit and the future of their business model. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Steve Huffman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Reddit Inc., speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Huffman discussed the company's business strategy. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Steve Huffman, chief executive officer and co-founder of Reddit Inc., left, speaks as Alexis Ohanian, chairman and co-founder of Reddit Inc., listens during a Bloomberg West television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Huffman and Ohanian discussed the evolution of Reddit and the future of their business model. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Steve Huffman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Reddit Inc., right, is seen reflected in a mirror while speaking during a Bloomberg Television interview at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Huffman discussed the company's business strategy. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Steve Huffman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Reddit Inc., speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Huffman discussed the company's business strategy. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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After the plug was pulled, a bevy of angry users waged a Reddit war on Huffman, whose site name is 'spez.'

The CEO admitted to redirecting those comments, using his administrative power to substitute instances of his username with those belonging to a variety of pro-Trump group members.

Said Huffman, "...I messed with the 'f**k 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."

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