- October 26, 2015

BuzzFeed Drops SXSW After GamerGate Panels Scrapped Over ‘Threats of Violence’


KUT — Two panels, scheduled to be held during SXSW Interactive in March 2016, were canceled Monday on account of “numerous threats of on-site violence,” according to the press release sent out by the head of the conference, Hugh Forrest.

Tuesday 10 a.m. Media company BuzzFeed announced Tuesday morning that they’ll be withdrawing from the SXSW conference because of the decision to cancel the panels. The president, publisher and editor-in-chief posted a letter addressed to Hugh Forrest declaring their reasons for dropping out, citing the importance of addressing issues like online harassment. You can read BuzzFeed’s statement here, which also…