Main online game modding web sites Nexus Mods and ModDB have taken a public stance in opposition to anti-LGBTQ+ content material, after a Spider-Man PC mod aimed to take away each Pleasure flag within the recreation.
Nexus Mods, a web site by which customers can share their customized content material for PC video games, initiated the motion after a longtime person created a brand new account (branded a sock puppet) to add the anti LGBTQ+ content material, which swapped out the rainbow Pleasure flag for the American flag. The mod was subsequently eliminated.
The person, who Nexus Mods referred to as a “coward”, had each their new and previous account banned, with the creation of the sock puppet account making it “a very simple resolution”.
A weblog publish on Nexus Mods stated: “The actual fact the person wanted to make a sock puppet like a coward to add the mod confirmed their intent to troll and that they knew it could not be allowed. Had they not been a coward and had they used their major account as a substitute, we might have merely eliminated the mod and instructed them that we didn’t wish to host it, solely banning them in the event that they reuploaded it once more after being pretty warned.”
The web site additionally made clear that it’s going to take related motion in opposition to any related instances sooner or later, stating that “we’re for inclusivity, we’re for range” and, as a personal enterprise, “we now have a proper to decide on what content material we do and don’t wish to host on our platform.”
Nexus Mods added: “We do not wish to and will not argue this with you. We have now defined our stance and we cannot be offering a platform so that you can distort our place to be able to feed an irrational and paranoid narrative. You are able to do that elsewhere, the place we cannot care sufficient to learn it.
“If this coverage upsets you, if we have damaged some ethical code of conduct as a enterprise that you may’t settle for, then please, delete your account and transfer on, as we are going to.”
Hello! We have eliminated the content material and banned the customers. ModDB is an inclusive surroundings for all and we don’t allow concentrating on marginalised teams. Our content material moderation is basically automated however when recognized, we now have a zero tolerance coverage for this sort of content material. https://t.co/0leqjUxqJD
— ModDB (@ModDB) August 17, 2022
As reported by PC Gamer, ModDB adopted go well with and eliminated the identical Spider-Man mod and banned the customers behind it. “ModDB is an inclusive surroundings for all and we don’t allow concentrating on marginalised teams,” the web site stated on Twitter (above). “Our content material moderation is basically automated however when recognized, we now have a zero tolerance coverage for this sort of content material.”
The porting of PlayStation Studios’ Spider-Man to PC earlier in August has seen quite a lot of mods added to the sport together with one which turns Spidey into Stan Lee. Customers have additionally been digging by the sport recordsdata, discovering what seems to be a scrapped multiplayer mode and mentions of a possible PlayStation PC launcher.
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