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FBI Investigating Death Threats Made Against Anita Sarkeesian

Feminist Frequency creator reports threats to police department; FBI allegedly handed information for investigation.


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The FBI has reportedly been handed information to assist in its investigation of threats made against Feminist Frequency creator, Anita Sarkeesian.

According to Polygon, Sarkeesian had filed a report with the police department regarding the threats she's received online. San Francisco police public information officer Albie Esparza informed the publication that the information had been given to the FBI for investigation.

No further details were released, as "doing so could compromise the investigation or the safety of the victim." Esparza also stated that the FBI is the primary agency handling the case, despite his earlier comments that no complaints on file had been received from Sarkeesian. No further clarification on the matter was given.

Earlier this year, Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) organizers announced Sarkeesian as the recipient of the Ambassador Award, which honors an individual who helps video games "advance to a better place" through advocacy. Kotaku has reported that threats were made to the organizers and targeted the event, stating that the hosts should rescind Sarkeesian's award or "a bomb will be detonated."

The event took place on March 19, and Sarkeesian told Kotaku that she "...decided to go on stage and accept the award anyway, but it was a nerve-wracking evening to say the least."

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