Earlier this evening THQ Nordic tweeted they would be holding an AMA on 8Chan which sounded interesting, and although the site name rang a few alarm bells I had never heard of it so clicked in. Well, that was a mistake, I suddenly had rather a lot of hardcore porn on my screen.
A quick Google afterwards reveals that 8Chan is the home of child pornography, racism, the militant Antifa movement, and an awful lot of other nasty stuff. Quite why THQ Nordic thought it was a good idea to host an AMA there beggars belief, one quick search revealed it’s not the place to talk about video games, but they did and are now having to do a lot of damage control.
“I personally agreed to this AMA without doing my proper due diligence to understand the history and the controversy of the site. I do not condone child pornography, white supremacy, or racism in any shape or form,” tweeted Philipp Brock, PR & Marketing Director THQ Nordic.
“I am terribly sorry for the short-sightedness of my (!) decision, and promise to be far more vigorous in my assessment of these activities in the future. This was not about being edgy, this blew up and I very much regret to have done it in the first place.”
Apparently they were assured someone “will take care of the nasty stuff” but the moderator couldn’t keep up with vile comments and images being posted. However, despite being alerted to the nature of the site and all the porn, nazi, and racist comments being posted, the AMA continued. Brock was asked why this was and said “I was fucking overwhelmed with a plethora of different emotions to be honest.”
“I am not a white supremacist, nor into child pornography, nor do I think this AMA was smart in hindsight and if I could, I would undo,” he added.