Ellen Pao, the chief executive of influential news and links sharing website Reddit, has resigned.
Ms Pao had been the subject of intense criticism over her handling of the site, one of the web’s most visited, since taking over late last year.
A petition with over 200,000 signatures called for her removal.
Speaking of Ms Pao’s contribution to the site, Sam Altman, a lead investor in the site said: “We are thankful for Ellen’s many contributions to Reddit and the technology industry generally.
Steve Huffman, a co-founder of Reddit and former chief executive, will take over from Ms Pao who will remain as an advisor to the board for the remainder of 2015, Mr Altman said.
Reddit, bills itself as the “frontpage of the internet” allowing users to share links on any conceivable subject.
Earlier this month Reddit’s users reacted with fury after Victoria Taylor, an employee with the firm, had been sacked.