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Did Nintendo Fire an Employee to Appease a Gamergate Mob?

People were angry that the company had toned down the sexual nature of some games and decided to blame a female employee. Last week, Nintendo dismissed her.
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Nintendo fired product manager Alison Rapp last week, citing her violation of a corporate policy barring moonlighting. It wasn't the kind of personnel move that would rise to the level of newsworthiness, except that at the time Rapp was dismissed, she was also the focus of Internet attacks that are periodically directed against women in the video game industry. When the Internet outrage machine can prove damaging both to companies and their employees, what responsibility do employers have to stand by their workers?

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