Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian tells CNN about being married to Serena Williams and his future hopes for their daughter

In an interview with CNN Sport’s Don Riddell, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian spoke about how he and his wife Serena Williams are trying to make the world a more accepting place for their daughter. 

Ohanian praised his wife’s work ethic and determination for change, saying, “I’ve had a front row seat to exactly how different it is and how much she’s toiled not only as a woman, but as a Black woman.”

He said Williams’ ambition is pushing his own drive to bring about change.

“Olympia is not going to question everything Serena has done to make this world better for Olympia. I want to sit at that dinner table when Olympia’s a little older and feel like I’ve done my part, too.”

As one of the leading figures in the tech world, Ohanian has witnessed the rise of hate speech on the Internet; as Williams’ husband, he’s observed the damage it can cause saying “it’s incredibly disheartening and discouraging to see the ills of this make the experience so bad for people who have demonstrably excelled.”

He told CNN he’s funded a company called Sentropy that is building artificial intelligence to help curb online hate and harassment, “because humans alone can’t moderate it. We’re going to need software to help ease the burden.”

Ohanian also spoke about his new sporting venture, with he and his wife becoming major investors in a team which will join the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in 2022. The Los Angeles based team has been nicknamed ‘Angel City.’

 

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