Game developer Brianna Wu and her husband left their home Saturday night after receiving death threats via Twitter, Wu tweeted on Saturday.
The couple called the police after Wu recieved violent and graphic death threats on Twitter.
Based on tweets from Wu, which The Verge, BoingBoing, Re/code, and other tech blogs spotted on Saturday, the harassment seems to be in response to a meme Wu created poking fun at the “gamergate” movement.
“Gamergate” is an online movement concerned with ethics in games, journalism, and protecting the “gamer” identity, as Gawker explains it.
It all started as one targeted attack on female game developer Zoe Quinn in August. Check out Gawker’s post for a full explanation of the “gamergate” movement, how it started, and why people are bothered by it.
Many of the threats and explicit comments targeted Wu for being a feminist and showing her support for women in gaming.
Here’s what Wu tweeted on Saturday:
After Wu, head of development at games studio Giant Spacekat, created memes mocking “gamergate,” users of the image board and forum 8chan began making memes that threatened Wu, according to blog We Hunted The Mammoth. Wu tweeted out the blog post and cited it as an accurate description of her experience.
But the more gruesome threats came from Twitter account Death To Brianna, which pushed Wu to call the police and has since been suspended. The Twitter account also posted Wu’s home address publicly.
Here are some of the threats Wu received. (Note: The tweets below contain violent and explicit content. We’ve censored the most explicit parts, but they’re still graphic.)