Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian buys Times Square billboard about coronavirus
He wants people to avoid spreading the coronavirus too quickly, and he's using the hashtag #FlattenTheCurve to do it, says a report.
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Once described as the "Mayor of the Internet," Alexis Ohanian has reportedly bought a billboard in the real world to encourage people to stay home to avoid spreading the coronavirus. Ohanian, co-founder of social news site Reddit, told Forbes he's put up the billboard Saturday for a one-day run in New York's Times Square. It features the line "Staying home means saving lives" and includes a hashtag at the bottom: #FlattenTheCurve.
The idea "just kind of popped in my head," Ohanian told the publication in an interview, saying he hoped the message would push people to take the crisis more seriously.
"It was a deliberate approach to think, what is one of the densest populations of people in the U.S.? And on a normal day that would be Times Square," he said. "And then you have this cultural prominence. The sort of meme of it is here is a billboard in Times Square about flattening the curve, just preventative measures to defeat COVID-19."
Ohanian said he's following his own advice. He closed his firm's offices last week, asking everyone to work from home for as much as eight weeks. Most of his portfolio companies are working remotely as well, Forbes said.
"I can still do 99% of my job even here from Florida with my fam," he said.
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