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Reddit is in utter chaos as hundreds of its most popular communities go dark

Words by Rob Price, Business Insider

Reddit is in the midst of one of the most turbulent upheavals since its inception, with hundreds of the site's biggest communities going private in response to the sudden departure of one of the company's most popular employees.

Victoria Taylor, a staff member responsible for the extremely popular "Ask Me Anything" Q&A community r/IAmA often frequented by celebrities, was allegedly dismissed. Simultaneously, r/IAmA was set as private, preventing ordinary Reddit users from viewing or commenting on discussions, and Taylor indicated her termination came as a surprise — saying she was "dazed" by the news.

This seemingly innocuous personnel change has sparked an immediate — and extremely forceful — response from the community, with at least 265 of the site's most popular communities closing their doors in solidarity.

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