The South by Southwest conference is facing a growing backlash after announcing plans to cancel two panels that looked to explore difference facets of the Gamergate movement.
Show organizers on Monday announced via a blog post that the two sessions — "SavePoint: A Discussion on the Gaming Community" and "Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games" — were being scrubbed after receiving "numerous threats of on-site violence related to this programming."
Among the topics to be explored by both sessions was the Gamergate movement — with one featuring supporters and the other detractors. The cancellations quickly became a trending topic on social media, with several people pointing out the irony of canceling a panel on harassment due to online harassment.
The fallout escalated Tuesday when BuzzFeed, which has had a significant presence at previous SXSW shows, threatened to withdraw from the 2016 festival if organizers did not reverse the decision.