For 8th Most Popular Site On The Internet, Reddit IPO Is ‘Only Responsible Choice’

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Reddit, the “front page of the internet” that has been ravaged by scandals in its 12-year history, is considering an initial public offering, CEO Steve Huffman reportedly said at an Internet Association summit in San Francisco on Monday.”The time frame is pretty far out,” he said, according to Variety, adding that going public is “the only responsible choice” for the company going forward.

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From Business Insider. Story by Graham Rapier

Reddit was sold to magazine empire Condé Nast for “between $10 and $20 million” in 2006, a year after its founding. Advance Publications, Condé’s parent company, eventually spun the social network off in 2012, but remains its largest stakeholder.

Today, Reddit is valued at $1.8 billion and is the eighth most popular site on the internet. Huffman also said Monday that advertising revenues have increased fivefold over the past few years, Axios reported.

But its path to popularity was mired with controversies including hacked celebrity photos and allegations of child pornography. This year, Reddit has cleaned up its act by banning hateful user-created communities, known as “subreddits,” that glorified abuse, violence, and far-right ideologies.

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Steve Huffman, Reddit CEO and co-founder. Photo: Recode