Major PC modding sites Nexus Mods and ModDB have banned users for uploading content anti-LGBTQ that they modified in Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. The bans specifically target mods that replaced each Pride flag with American flags.
Nexus Mods wrote in a blog post yesterday that a modder created a sock puppet account called Mike Hawk to upload a mod that swapped the Pride flags flying from some in-game buildings with American flags. The site called the user a “coward” for creating an alternate profile to troll other users with their anti-LGBTQ content, knowing that such content would not be allowed if they had uploaded it from their main account.
The fact that the user created a sock puppet account made it “a very easy decision” for Nexus Mods to ban that account and the original. The site then reiterated that “we’re for inclusion, we’re for diversity,” saying it will take action against anyone who uploads content that goes against those values in the future.
“As a private company, we have the right to choose what content we want and what we don’t want to host on our platform. Respect this right in the same way that you want your rights to be respected,” he said. “If this policy bothers you, if we have broken any moral code of conduct as a business that you cannot accept, then please delete your account and move on, as we will.”
Several hours later, ModDB banned the same flag exchange mod and the users associated with it. The site then tweeted the following statement: “ModDB is an inclusive environment for all and we do not allow targeting of marginalized groups. Our content moderation is largely automated, but when it is identified, we have a zero tolerance policy for this type of content.”
Hi! We’ve removed the content and banned the users. ModDB is an inclusive environment for all 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 kind of content. https://t.co/0leqjUxqJD
— ModDB (@ModDB) August 17, 2022
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is now available on PC.