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IDGA Urges Social Media Guidelines After ArenaNet Firings

The recent firing of two ArenaNet writers over Twitter exchanges prompts the International Game Developers Association to step up with a blog post from their executive director strongly urging that members clarify guidelines for social media use for both professional and personal accounts (thanks PC Gamer). Here's a bit:
Two ArenaNet employees were recently fired because of their interactions with community members on social media. This incident makes very clear the perils of social media for game developers, especially when transparent and well-understood guidelines for staff members are not in place. Often, game developers love engaging with their player base, and the interactions can be very helpful for both the developers and players. However, without clear information from an employer on social media use, interacting with people as a game developer can jeopardize someone’s job and career, and even their personal safety.

The IGDA strongly encourages its members, both as individuals and as studios and partners, to clarify the guidelines and expectations around social media use, both in professional and personal accounts.

Game developers are also frequently targeted for harassment, particularly if they are members of under-represented communities. Companies must plan for how they will support their staff members in the event of online harassment, and should clearly communicate the resources they will make available to their team to have safe, productive, and positive interactions online, especially if they are expected to do so in their roles.
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21. Re: IDGA Urges Social Media Guidelines After ArenaNet Firings Jul 11, 2018, 18:18 Squirmer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Jul 10, 2018, 20:07:
Did you bother to read the logs? He was being very condescending. There was zero respect in any of his threads and his lack of understanding was why it got out of hand. Granted she should have never responded and let it get out of hand like that.
Hold on, are you referring to the most recent situation? The guy she responded to wasn't being condescending. I think his opinion was a kind of ignorant, but he was very polite and just offering his opinion.

There's a video recorded from his Twitch stream just the day before where he was absolutely effusive in his praise for Jessica Price. He had a great deal of respect for her.

She didn't really react to him, she reacted to the collective internet mob of 'mansplainers' and she unfairly dragged him through the coals. Mansplaining is a genuine issue, but his specific posts just didn't justify her reaction.

(For the record I still don't think she should have been fired though. I think there were mistakes made all round.)
 
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