Posted on | November 23, 2014 | 52 Comments
Randi Harper (@freebsdgirl) is an unattractive woman with blue hair who is into (a) video games and (b) totalitarian ideology. In the 21st century, where “harassment” has been re-defined to mean “expressing disagreement with a feminist,” Harper decided to create a blacklist of Twitter users who support the #GamerGate project:
In a sign of how frenzied, panicky and intolerant the games industry establishment has become over the legitimate concerns of ordinary gamers, the International Game Developers’ Association branded some 10,425 Twitter accounts, including those of journalists, as harassment “offenders” in a humiliatingly ill-conceived attempt to provide a “blocking tool” to its members.
The blocking tool, which has been widely mocked online for its lack of sophistication and “blanket ban” approach, was assembled by Randi Harper, a persistent online agitator. The tool prevents users from seeing not only the tweets of users Harper has decided are implicated in harassment, but also many accounts who simply follow those users, by blocking a list of thousands of users with the use of an automated “bot.” . . .
Dozens of innocent developers, journalists and even some feminist critics have been caught in the tool’s exceptionally wide net, thanks to whom they follow on Twitter. Prominent internet personality and YouTuber Total Biscuit noted this weekend the absurdity of an international trade body accepting unfit-for-purpose software and capricious, arbitrary “harassment” clarifications by an independent developer who is hardly non-partisan in the ongoing GamerGate controversy. . . .
In the best traditions of far-Left feminist activists, Harper has also spuriously accused GamerGate supporters such as lawyer Mike Cernovich of “rape threats.” . . .
This mass-blocking of Twitter accounts is the latest attempt by so-called “Social Justice Warriors” to extend the hegemonic influence of “progressive” ideology to include the video game industry. If I were a lawyer for any developer blocked by Harper in this IGDA list, I’d be drafting a carefully worded letter informing the IGDA of the provisions of the Sherman Antitrust Act. It’s one thing for “social justice” goon squads to mau-mau their targets on college campuses. IGDA blacklisting businesses in the private sector? See you in court.