+ A Facebook group that went by the name "Down with Disney's Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys" had recently created the event: "Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes".
+ They were planning to sabotage the RT audience score for Black Panther, which hits theaters on February 16.
+ Here's Rotten Tomatoes' official response.
We at Rotten Tomatoes are proud to have become a platform for passionate fans to debate and discuss entertainment and we take that responsibility seriously. While we respect our fans’ diverse opinions, we do not condone hate speech. Our team of security, network and social experts continue to closely monitor our platforms and any users who engage in such activities will be blocked from our site and their comments removed as quickly as possible.
+ Not long after Rotten Tomatoes issued its statement, the group's Facebook page was no longer available and appeared to have been deactivated.
+ According to some sites, the group was created by angry DC fans who were planning to give Marvel "a taste of its own medicine" as they believe Disney pays critics for favorable reviews and in some cases, unfavorable scores for the competition. According to other sites, the group was created by angry Star Wars fans that were disappointed with The Last Jedi and the general treatment of the franchise as well as the inclusion of more women and minorities in the most recent films.