Game developer apologizes, restructures firm after outcry over imaginary anti-gay Chechen vampires

The developer of ‘Vampires: The Masquerade’ tabletop game will be restructured after complaints about the game’s bizarre plot, in which vampires in Chechnya use the persecution of gay people to cover up their own existence. The board game features bloodsuckers, who torture and feed on gay people, and wasn’t long in Russia’s Republic of Chechnya […]

‘Brutally honest’: Outcry forced Facebook to stop banning pics of starving Yemeni girl

A backlash prompted Facebook to stop removing posts featuring a photo of an emaciated seven-year-old Yemeni girl, which accompanied a harrowing New York Times report from the war-torn country. The atrocities in Yemen don’t make poignant headlines in Western mainstream media as often as stories about chemical weapons in Syria or ‘Russian meddling,’ as the […]

Spain to ‘honor’ sale of 400 bombs to Saudi Arabia despite halting it over rights groups outcry

Just about a week after halting a bombs’ sale to Riyadh following a widespread indignation over Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate bombing in Yemen, the Spanish government said it would still go ahead with the deal. “The decision is that these bombs will be delivered to honor a contract that comes from 2015, and was made by […]

Argentina pulls out of pre-World Cup friendly with Israel in Jerusalem amid Palestinian outcry

A friendly match between the Argentinian and Israeli squads, set to take place in Jerusalem on Saturday, was nixed after Palestinians called out the team for “whitewashing” Israeli occupation and the crackdown against protesters. Pressure for the football match to be cancelled has been rising since last week, with Palestinian activists staging protests near the […]

China’s Sina Weibo has stopped censoring gay content after outcry from Chinese LGBT community

REUTERS/Aly Song China’s Sina Weibo on Monday reversed a decision to censor gay content after outcry among gay Chinese who say the company had smeared homosexuality by lumping it with pornography. China’s Twitter-equivalent Weibo said on Friday it would remove pornographic, violent or gay videos and cartoons, especially a genre of manga animations and comics that […]

75 For and 80,945 Against: Nestle allowed to pump more water in Michigan despite public outcry

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has given Nestle permission to extract 400 gallons (1,500 liters) of water per minute for its Stanwood bottling plant, in the face of a sustained protest campaign. “We cannot base our decisions on public opinion because our department is required to follow the rule of law when making determinations,” […]

Grindr won’t share users’ HIV status with app contractors after outcry

Enlarge (credit: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images) Grindr—the gay hookup app that has over 3.6 million daily active users globally—has been reportedly transmitting its users’ HIV status (of those who include it) with two mobile app contractors. On Monday, Bryce Case, the company’s top security official, responded to public outcry over the issue by saying […]

Italian city suspends opening of memorial to WWII soldiers – including Nazis – after outcry

An unveiling ceremony of a memorial honoring soldiers of all nations who died during the World War II was canceled after public opposition. Critics said the monument would commemorate both Allied and Nazi paratroopers. An association of hotel owners from the town of Cassino was poised to unveil the stone monument on Sunday in the […]

Outcry as Trump links violence to video games, shows reel with gaming massacre at Moscow airport

President Trump highlighted extreme violence in video games with the help of a stomach-churning compilation including a video game massacre in a Moscow airport. Critics lashed out at the suggestion that gaming causes violence. Featuring gore-filled clips from popular titles such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2; Wolfenstein; Dead by Daylight; Sniper Elite; and […]

Outcry as Trump links violence to video games, shows reel with gaming massacre at Moscow airport

President Trump highlighted extreme violence in video games with the help of a stomach-churning compilation including a video game massacre in a Moscow airport. Critics lashed out at the suggestion that gaming causes violence. Featuring gore-filled clips from popular titles such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2; Wolfenstein; Dead by Daylight; Sniper Elite; and […]