After scrapping plans to release The Interview on Christmas, Sony Pictures Entertainment have wiped all traces of the film from its social media pages. The cancellation announced on Wednesday was a startling blow to the Hollywood studio that has been shaken by hacker leaks and intimidations over the last several weeks by an anonymous group calling itself Guardians of Peace.
On Tuesday, the hacking group threatened violence at “the very times and places” showing The Interview. The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday said there was “no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters,” but noted it was still analysing messages from the group. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security.
The studio immediately responded to the demand and deleted the movie’s offcial page from various social platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube page.