NEW YORK (AP) - The SXSW Interactive festival says it is holding an "online harassment summit" after it was criticized for canceling two panels related to video games and online harassment.

NEW YORK (AP) The SXSW Interactive festival says it is holding an "online harassment summit" after it was criticized for canceling two panels related to video games and online harassment.

SXSW Interactive Director Hugh Forrest says in a blog post Friday that canceling the panels "sent an unintended message that SXSW not only tolerates online harassment but condones it." The festival had received threats of violence because of the programs.

Both panels had been related to the online campaign dubbed "GamerGate" that began last fall, during which women were harassed for criticizing the lack of diversity in the video game industry and women's portrayal in it. Neither of the panels mentions GamerGate specifically.

Online media companies BuzzFeed and Vox Media had threatened to pull their panelists and moderators if the panels weren't reinstated.