Over the last week, the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of a Reddit employee, a move that led to a huge user uprising and the resignation of the site's interim chief executive, have been murky at best.
Now those details are starting to emerge.
In a post on Reddit late Sunday, Yishan Wong, Reddit's former chief executive and Ellen Pao's predecessor, accused Alexis Ohanian, a Reddit co-founder, of firing the employee, Victoria Taylor.
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In his description of the events, Mr. Wong said Mr. Ohanian, who at the time held the role of executive chairman, was trying to take control of the site's "ask me anything" forum, also known as AMAs. That popular section of Reddit was organized by Ms. Taylor and ran in conjunction with the volunteer moderators who govern the site.
"He had different ideas for AMAs, he didn't like Victoria's role, and decided to fire her," Mr. Wong wrote.
The forum is one of the site's most popular sections, with more than 8.6 million subscribers. It has hosted question-and-answer sessions with people ranging from the rapper Snoop Dogg to President Barack Obama.
Ms. Taylor, a well-liked and highly visible Reddit employee, was the main point of contact between official Reddit employees and volunteer moderators. After learning of her firing in early July without any explanation from the site, Reddit's volunteer moderators protested by shutting down entire sections of the site.
The protest was the latest episode in nine months of tumult for Reddit, a highly popular Internet message board that has more than 160 million monthly visitors. During Ms. Pao's tenure, many users of the site were upset by moves they perceived as limiting free speech. In May, Reddit users revolted when the company instituted stricter guidelines against harassment on the site.