Reddit is having a massive AMA on Thursday, with the company’s founder Alexis Ohanian addressing questions from users who want to know about how the company will grow and change over the next five years.
Ohanian, a longtime Twitter engineer who joined the company as president in February, will appear live on the company livestream, moderated by a handful of Twitter employees, to answer questions from Redditors about everything from Twitter to YouTube to Facebook.
The company is planning to expand its platform beyond the core social-media app to include video content and the ability to share user accounts.
The AMA is being run by Reddit’s community, which has grown in recent months as Reddit’s user base has exploded.
The community is made up of over 50 million users and is the largest online community on the platform, according to Ohanian.
The Reddit AMA has been one of the more popular ways Reddit has handled questions about its business, especially after Reddit founder Alexis “Dank Memes” Ohanian stepped down last year amid a scandal involving a group of women.
Reddit has also been heavily criticized for its treatment of the women in the site’s community.
But Reddit also faces pressure from other businesses to expand beyond the company, with Google announcing last week that it would add a paid search tool to the platform.
Reddit’s chief executive, Erik Martin, said in a Reddit AMA in November that the company was working on “major changes” to its business.
The most controversial move is the expansion of its paid search service, which Reddit is working on to allow users to find news stories on topics of interest to them.
Martin has said that the service is a necessary step to make Reddit more relevant to the larger user base, and he has said it will be rolled out in “some form.”
Reddit’s decision to allow a paid service is not the first time the company has expanded beyond the paid app.
Reddit introduced a paywall to its community in August to allow its users to make more money from ads and other content.
Ohani said that he hopes that people will continue to be drawn to Reddit for its “fun” and “creative” content.
“It’s really exciting to see a new community growing on Reddit, especially one that’s grown by hundreds of thousands of people over the past five years,” Ohanian said.
“That’s just amazing.”
Reddit is also working on its own news site, called r/The_Donald, which it said it plans to launch this fall.
It plans to integrate news from other sources into the site, such as the Associated Press, The Washington Post, CNN and BuzzFeed, as well as Reddit users, to make the content more diverse and better-rounded than the rest of the site.
“Reddit is an online community for people to share content, but that content is also a place where people can learn and engage,” Ohani told Redditors in the Reddit AMA.
“As we continue to grow, we’re excited to introduce the community of Reddit into the mainstream.”
Reddit also plans to offer a paid subscription service in the future, though the company is not yet ready to talk about that just yet.
Ohana’s interview with Reddit users came one day after he posted a blog post on Medium detailing the company plan to expand to a more global audience and to become a more powerful social network.
Ohania is also considering joining Facebook and Twitter to take over its core social media platform.
Ohanys post comes as the company prepares to introduce a number of new products and services in an effort to get the business and community to grow.
Ohanes plans include a subscription-based subscription-video platform, a new mobile app that will let users post videos to Facebook and Snapchat, and an online marketplace for sellers on the site to sell items such as clothes and other products.
Ohano said Reddit is trying to figure out how to monetize its content on the service, but said he wants to focus on growing the business first.
“I don’t want to make this about money,” he said.
Reddit, which says it has over 7.5 million users, is the world’s largest social-news website, with more than 500 million posts, comments, photos, videos and other online content.
The site currently has more than 7.6 million users.
Reddit said in December that it plans on adding a “trending subreddit” to the site that will provide content that’s trending across the site on a daily basis.
Reddit also is expanding its reach through its video service, Reddit Video, which will allow users of the platform to create videos on YouTube, Vimeo and other platforms.
Reddit is experimenting with using the platform for advertising and content marketing, as it works to become more relevant and more user-friendly to its user base.
Ohanson said that Reddit’s video platform is not an option just yet, though it is “working on a number” of different possibilities.