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THQ Nordic Group CEO Issues Public Apology for 8chan AMA

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THQ Nordic AB, the parent company of THQ Nordic GmbH Vienna, has issued an official public apology for an incident that occurred last week.

Lars Wingefors, co-founder and group CEO of THQ Nordic AB, has issued a formal apology for THQ GmbH Vienna’s actions, specifically for the decision to host an AMA on 8chan, a website known for crude content such as hosting child porn, racist, hate, homophobic and other disgusting content.

8chan is so repugnant that Google refuses to list it.

PR and marketing director Philipp Brock said that he regrets the decision to host the AMA on 8chan, and that it wasn’t an attempt at “being edgy.”

CEO Lars Wingefors issued the following:

“This letter is to offer my sincerest apologies and regret for THQ Nordic GmbH Vienna’s interaction with the controversial website 8chan last Tuesday, February 26. I condemn all unethical content this website stands for. Even if no one within the THQ Nordic Group would ever endorse such content, I realize simply appearing there gave an implicit impression that we did.”

“As co-Founder and group CEO of THQ Nordic AB, I take full responsibility for all of THQ Nordic GmbH‘s actions and communications. I have spent the past several days conducting an internal investigation into this matter. I assure you that every member of the organization has learned from this past week’s events. I take this matter very seriously and we will take appropriate action to make sure we have the right policies and systems in place to avoid similar mistakes in the future.

“As a Swedish based, fast growing group, we firmly support equality and diversity. We are also working actively to combat discrimination, harassment, and misconduct. We are already in the process of developing new work processes, based on the United Nations’ SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and using the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standards, and we will accelerate this work going forward.“

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