03:02AM, Sunday 11 August 2013
Scrabble players from around the world have inundated Mattel's Maidenhead head office with letters and emails crying outrage at recent updates to the online game.
Nearly 500 letters and emails were hand-delivered in person by seven scrabble enthusiasts to the firms office in Vanwall Business Park on Monday.
The controversy came after a recent update that removed the 'report abuse' button.
This created fears that the update may encourage cyber bullies and trolls.
John Lewis, an administrator for the 'Bring Back The Scrabble We Love' Facebook group, said: "For many disabled or house bound players the game is an important point of social contact.
"We have repeatedly expressed concerns that the removal of the 'report abuse' button increases risk of harassment and bullying."
Shortly after the update, a Facebook group dedicated to the protest was set up and now has more than 3,000 members and an online petition boasts over 5,700 signatures.
The Maidenhead based firm welcomed the group and had an open discussion about the issues with Mr Lewis calling the meeting a 'positive experience.'
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