Major video game modding websites Nexus Mods and ModDB have taken a public stance against anti-LGBTQ+ content after a Spider-Man PC mod aimed to remove every Pride flag in the game.
Nexus Mods, a website where users can share their custom content for PC games, started the movement after an established user created a new account (named sock puppet) to upload the anti-LGBTQ+ content, which carries the rainbow flag of the Pride traded for the American flag. The mod was subsequently removed.
The user, who called Nexus Mods a “coward”, had his new and old account banned, with the creation of the sock puppet account making it “a very easy decision”.
A blog post on Nexus Mods said, “The fact that the user had to create a sock puppet like a coward to upload the mod showed that they intended to troll and they knew it wouldn’t be allowed. If they didn’t cowardly and they would have used their main account instead, we would have just uninstalled the mod and told them we didn’t want to host it, and only banned them if they re-uploaded it after being properly warned.”
The website also made it clear that it will take similar action in the future against similar cases, stating that “we are for inclusivity, we are for diversity” and, as a private company, “we have the right to choose what content we do and don’t want to host on our platform.”
Nexus Mods added: “We do not want and will not argue this with you. We have now explained our position and we will not offer you a platform to distort our position to feed an irrational and paranoid. You can do that elsewhere where we don’t care enough to read it.
“If this policy upsets you, if as a company we have violated a code of moral conduct that you cannot accept, please delete your account and proceed as we will.”
Hi! We have removed the content and banned the users. ModDB is an inclusive environment for everyone and we do not allow targeting marginalized groups. Our content moderation is largely automated, but when identified, we have a zero-tolerance policy for this type of content. https://t.co/0leqjUxqJD
— ModDB (@ModDB) August 17, 2022
As reported by PC Gamer, ModDB followed suit and removed the same Spider-Man mod and banned the users behind it. “ModDB is an inclusive environment for everyone and we do not allow targeting marginalized groups,” the website said on Twitter (above). “Our content moderation is largely automated, but when identified, we have a zero-tolerance policy for this type of content.”
With the porting of Spider-Man from PlayStation Studios to PC earlier in August, a number of mods were added to the game, including one that turns Spidey into Stan Lee. Users also searched the game files and discovered what appears to be a scrapped multiplayer mode and mentions of a potential PlayStation PC launcher.
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