Following the most recent set of violent military strikes by the Israel Defense Forces that have leveled entire buildings in Gaza and left over 180 Palestinians dead, IGN posted an article linking to a variety of Palestinian charities and even gave a Palestinian flag prominence in its masthead. Sometime earlier today, all of that content, along with a tweet promoting the post, was removed with no indication as to why or if it will be republished at a later date.
Shortly after the IGN post went live yesterday, IGN Israel shared a statement on social media accounts owned by IGN Israel stating that it condemned the U.S. IGN article and tweet supporting Palestinian charities. At this time it’s unknown if IGN’s parent company, Ziff Davis, demanded this content be removed, or if the content was removed for another reason. As of this writing, the post and tweet remain deleted.
Another outlet that showed support for Palestine and its people was Game Informer. However, its article promoting charities was also removed today. As with IGN, there has been no public indication as to why this post was removed or if it will return.
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Kotaku has reached out to IGN and Game Informer inquiring about why this content was pulled.
As Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians continue, many in the gaming community have begun to speak up against the violence. While what is happening is not new, this reaction from big outlets, like IGN and GameSpot, was seen as a big deal by many who’d been begging for more news and media coverage. IGN, the biggest gaming news site in the world, was one of the first major outlets to publish a story directly supporting the people of Palestine and various charities that are trying to help the victims of Israel’s ongoing military attacks.
UPDATE 2:30am May 17: IGN has since issued a statement, saying the original post was “not in-line with our intent of trying to show support for all people impacted by tragic events” and that “by highlighting only one population, the post mistakenly left the impression that we were politically aligned with one side”.
UPDATE 4:30am May 17: Following the main site’s removal of the Palestinian post and its bullshit statement, South Africa-based IGN Africa briefly republished the story linking to relief efforts, before it too was removed.
UPDATE 11:20pm May 17: IGN Israel has released a statement following the widespread condemnation of its original comments. It does not help matters.