Gamergaters and online harassers are used to getting their way, even if they have to threaten violence to do it. So when SXSW announced panels to discuss gaming and general online harassment, a bunch of neckbeards we're happy. SXSW ultimately decided to cancel these panels due to threats of violence. And now Buzzfeed has decided to withdraw participation from the several panels unless these 3 panels are reinstated.
They wrote, in an open letter to SXSW:
"Digital harassment — of activists of all political stripes,
journalists, and women in those fields or participating in virtually
any other form of digital speech — has emerged as an urgent challenge
for the tech companies for whom your conference is an important forum.
Those targets of harassment, who include our journalists, do important
work in spite of these threats...We will feel compelled to withdraw them if the conference can’t
find a way to do what those other targets of harassment do every day —
to carry on important conversations in the face of harassment. "
Read the full letter at the source