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SXSW changed their mind and are doing anti harassment conversation after all!

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GamerGirl
Only last week I created a topic on here complaining that the SXSW team had cancelled a really important conversation about abuse in gaming at their 2016 event due to threats of violence. Well, in an official statement they have acknowledged that they made a mistake and have now announced a full 1 day Summitt around the subject of online harassment looking at various areas which will no doubt include gaming online. This is great news, what do you guys think? Could it have been PR or do you really think they were going to cancel it?
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heidilynnrussell
The only reason I don't think it was a "stunt" or "PR" is that this generated negative publicity for them when it seemed that the event was canceled. No one deliberately does something that they think will create public backlash.

I'm glad they rescheduled it, but it begs the question ... what led to the rescheduling? Maybe the response to the cancellation was so negative that they feel they have no choice but to go ahead with it.

It really is odd, the whole thing.
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Frank
I'm not sure about the PR angle myself either. I think they just panicked and made a rash decision without really thinking it through. They have definitely done the right thing by re-scheduling the discussions.
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Cyberninja
They were certainly pressured into making this u-turn due to the event sponsors threatening to pull out. Yes, they have made the right move by putting the panels back on the agenda but they really did not have much of a choice.
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Jules92
This seems to have worked out well. I don't think it was a PR stunt at all and that the original decision to cancel the discussion was a genuine error in judgement by the organisers. What has happened though is that now a lot more people are aware of this event due to the controversy, and that means more people will be aware of the newly planned discussions which can only be a good thing!
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Cyberninja

In reply to Jules92

Fair enough Jules, good point. The more people who are involved or aware of this summit the better. Online abuse and bullying is a huge problem and after this debacle a lot more people will be interested to see how the day goes, me included!
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Jules92
Thanks Ninja!
I would not have known anything about the SXSW event if it wasn't for all the fuss about this summit, and like you I am now keen to see what they actually achieve. It would be nice if there were some solution based ideas that come out of this :)