Alison Rapp was fired due to "violation of an internal company policy," says Nintendo -

Alison Rapp has had her employment as Nintendo product marketing specialist terminated, with Nintendo stating the decision was down to a violation of company policy and 'absolutely not' related to ongoing online harassment.

"Alison Rapp was terminated due to violation of an internal company policy involving holding a second job in conflict with Nintendo's corporate culture," reads a statement from Nintendo given to IGN.

It's not clear what this second job entailed, but Rapp has responded on social media claiming she was doing nothing wrong by moonlighting.

"Moonlighting is actually accepted at Nintendo. It's policy," Tweeted Rapp. "To pay off student loans (weeee), I started moonlighting under a fake name, and with no real identifiers.

"An anon found out, told them, and here we are. It was moonlighting Nintendo didn't like, despite the fact that it was anonymous."

Rapp added that she believes her treatment is the result of the problems facing women in the videogames industry.

"Do you think that if the industry wasn't afraid of women, sex-positivity, etc. that the anon moonlighting I did would have been a problem?" she tweeted.

Rapp had become a public figure for Nintendo of America and its Treehouse localisation division, but has faced much social media criticism and was incorrectly blamed for localisation changes made to titles including Fire Emblem Fates.

Rapp has collected some of the abusive messages in a Google Doc for everyone to see.

Nintendo has acknowledged the harassment, calling it "criticism", but says this was not the reason for Rapp's dismissal.

"Though Ms. Rapp's termination follows her being the subject of criticism from certain groups via social media several weeks ago, the two are absolutely not related" said Nintendo. "Nintendo is a company committed to fostering inclusion and diversity in both our company and the broader video game industry and we firmly reject the harassment of individuals based on gender, race or personal beliefs. We wish Ms. Rapp well in her future endeavours."

Rapp has courted criticism over her controversial views, made public via a thesis written in 2011 and a series of posts on Twitter.

A thesis written by Alison Rapp was titled, "Speech We Hate: An Argument for the Cessation of International Pressure on Japan to Strengthen Its Anti-Child Pornography Laws."

In December 2015 Rapp tweeted: Don't hate on: sex workers, furries, women with big boobs, men who like kids/kid things, ppl who like pop music, romance plots

Last month, Jamie Walton, president of anti-sex trafficking group The Wayne Foundation, contacted Nintendo about Rapp, suggesting she should be fired.

Nintendo has not cited this as a reason for the termination of Rapp's contract.

Rapp is now seeking new employment in the Seattle area.

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