Roblox appears to have banned PewDiePie’s name

    
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No, you don't get to be awful here.

You probably already know of Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie. If you don’t… well, PewDiePie exists, he shrieks a lot while playing video games on YouTube and has a long history of doing a bunch of offensive things. It appears that he did enough offensive things that Roblox has decided that his name alone is an offensive term, as players creating objects encouraging people to subscribe to his channel or saying his name in chat has been flagged as offensive.

No precise announcement has been forthcoming for why, but it’s being speculated that the title has surreptitiously banned mentions of Kjellberg’s handle for the aforementioned long list of offensive behaviors. Kjellberg himself, when faced with this restriction in a stream of the game, played the situation off as a joke and demanded an apology. Obviously the player himself has not been banned (although his stream was made on a temporary account which has since been deleted), but it’s new territory to ban someone’s name from the game, an experience previously only faced by BreaktheTOS McBuygold (of the New Hampshire McBuygolds).

Source: Kotaku
Update
Roblox has a forum post up on the situation now:

“We wanted to provide some context on the situation with PewDiePie. Roblox is committed to providing a safe and civil platform for our players, including blocking memes that represent or are synonymous for behavior that falls outside of our community standards. In December, ‘pewdie’ became one of these negative memes on Roblox. As such, we began blocking the creation of new usernames that incorporated the term ‘pewdie.’ The legacy account that PewDiePie used in his livestream was incorrectly banned as part of the administration of this policy. His legacy account is being reinstated. As with every user, we have a zero tolerance policy for inappropriate behavior on Roblox that violates our terms of use or community guidelines, including discriminatory speech or actions based on race or ethnic origin, national origin, religion or religious affiliation, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. If a violation occurs, that user account will be banned.”

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Jack Pipsam

What a dumb thing for Roblox to do. Just really dumb. This reeks of a knee-jerk reaction.

Anytime some company attacks him, it only seems to make him stronger lol. After he got kicked out of Maker Studios along with YouTube cancelling his show, people thought that was the end of him. Yet his relevance and popularity only skyrocketed from there and still keeps on growing to this day (especially with the whole T-Series fight).
Ironically all Roblox has managed to do is just add further to his mystique.

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A Dad Supreme

I would say something like “Who the hell is PewDePie?” but unfortunately, you cannot unlearn what you have already learned.

Sometimes, ignorance really is bliss.

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Sorenthaz

You probably already know of Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie. If you don’t… well, PewDiePie exists, he shrieks a lot while playing video games on YouTube and has a long history of saying racist things “by accident” while playing games. Also linking to anti-semitic videos, or paying people to put up anti-semitic slogans, or… you know what, let’s just leave that off at doing a bunch of offensive things.

Yikes, might want to lay off reading Vox with giving him an introduction like that.

He rarely does games nowadays (maybe one video per week has any sort of gaming content, the rest is commentary on news/memes/internet culture), he doesn’t have a “long” history of saying racist things (he said the N word once when livestreaming PUBG and he got punished plenty for that). “Linking to anti-semitic videos” was something Vox screamed about when he was trying to give shoutouts to various Youtubers and one of them just happened to have videos with Nazi overtones or whatever, but that wasn’t what he had shouted the guy out for (it was a video about Death Note that he really enjoyed). The “Death to All Jews” Fiverr drama is just about two years in the past at this point and the point of that was more to see what kind of crazy stuff those folks would put on their signs or say for money – and he was of course punished for that by losing several deals including his Youtube Red series and pretty much being ignored by Youtube in the past two ‘Rewind’ videos despite still being the most subscribed channel on the site.

And with his Roblox stream he didn’t do anything offensive in the different worlds or minigames or w/e that he played in with fans which is why he ridiculed them for banning his character/name when people try to say it out loud. He streamed the game for like an hour and a half, it’s all on Youtube so folks can see it for themself, and he didn’t do anything offensive during that period.

I get that Felix has been controversial and folks scratch their heads as to why he’s so successful, but the dude has matured his content quite a bit over the past year or two, trying to keep an effort to not swear/etc since, y’know, his videos get demonetized regularly otherwise. The only news outlets that seem to be trying to create drama off of him nowadays is garbage like Vox which has grown so desperate for clicks/views that they’ll make controversies out of every little thing he says or does.

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Except for the fact that saying it once on stream means it’s a part of his vocabulary for him to be able to slip like that. If it’s not a word you use, you wouldn’t say it accidentally online. It’s like when you get caught driving drunk, it normally isn’t the first time you’ve been driving drunk, it’s just the first time you were finally caught. It’s something you do and have done a lot in the past.

I’m definitely not for someone saying one word or sentence and losing their job or ruining their lives because of it, but as long as we are doing that as a society he certainly doesn’t get a pass when nobody else does.

And you don’t say a word once for the first time on stream by accident, you slip because it’s a normal part of what you usually say in conversation and you accidentally slip it out when you shouldn’t. If that isn’t a part of your vocabulary you wouldn’t say it, and so it definitely is (or was) a part of his vocabulary.

I’d love for us to get to a point where people wouldn’t ruin their lives and careers over some sentence or word they said. Where we wouldn’t judge an entire person on that one moment. Where we didn’t go searching through the past to dig up old pictures of people who dressed up like black people when it was okay to do so and call them racist and call for their lynchings today (and call it “blackface” when blackface was a different thing. Blackface was a way of doing it that was racist, it wasn’t just simply wearing makeup or costumes to look like a black person).

I’d love it if someone could admit to horrible thoughts and ways they felt when they were younger and have grown and learned from and we suddenly didn’t turn on them for ever having those thoughts at all. It’s like we want everybody to be perfect from the day of their birth.

I’d love it if this wasn’t the way that we were going as a society, but again as long as it is – he doesn’t get a pass when nobody else does.

Next we’ll be looking back through the past at whoever wore fat suits ever calling them offensive and talking about what horrible people they are. And really fat suits are more offensive than dressing as blacks in a lot of ways (it’s normally done for humor, as in “haha so funny he’s a big fat person”).

Then we’ll have to get to if its offensive to dress as the opposite gender, which if it’s offensive to simply dress as another color I don’t get why it isn’t offensive to dress as another gender when doing it for entertainment or amusement purposes.

I don’t like that we’re doing this stuff but since we are, his slip to me was more racist than most because that word has to be in your vocabulary for it to slip out.

So if we’re in, we’re in, and he shouldn’t get an exception. If we’re not in, I’m all for that, let him and the rest who’ve slipped off with it just being a mistake that we’re all human and all make rather than to lynch them and their lives. But we need equal treatment for whichever way we go, so either he is as racist as everybody else who has slipped or none of them are.

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Tehnologie

T- series can’t kick his as soon enough.

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Gooty

I dont understand this thought process. The “war” between them showcases large corporations overtaking personal businesses. Fair enough if youre not a pewdiepie fan (me either tbh) but it’s just a little sad and shitty that T series will be on top soon.

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Tehnologie

YouTube right now is not great, companies like t series taking over can’t make it worse. Look at al lthe treding stuff, most watched videos, most subscribed and tell me YouTube is fine.

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Jack Pipsam

Pewdiepie really is the giant middle-finger against new media and the changing of YouTube.
That’s why I kinda like him now when I never used too, he is trying to keep YouTube back how it used to be, a fun, edgy place for content creators. Not corporate guff safe-land.

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PurpleCopper

85 million fans can’t be wrong.

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Tehnologie

50 million or more fans that voted trump can’t be wrong. /s

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Bruno Brito

Yes, they can.

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Castagere Shaikura

Glad to hear it. And isn’t this a kids game? I guess he’s trying to hock them when they’re young.

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Robert Mann

It’s a kids game. Banning such crude and rather more than just offensive figures is a good thing. Sadly, this is a drop in the bucket, and Roblox has a few issues of their own with keeping children safe.

As to… this clown, he needs to get some help. His followers need to get some help. Society, I am afraid, needs to get some help. And they don’t make pills for it all. :(

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rafael12104

What is most disturbing about this is that Pew and his fans are lurking Roblox for views and followers.

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draugris

I don´t give a rat´s ass about PewDiePie but banning him in a game for something he was alleged to do in a completely different environment, that´s pretty ridiculous. That shows how absurd gaming has become, everybody seems only to follow some political agenda instead of just fucking playing the game and having fun.

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Schmidt.Capela

He wasn’t banned; his name is banned. He can log and play as long as he doesn’t use “PewDiePie” or some variation as his username, doesn’t say that in the chats, and doesn’t create objects that include it. Assuming he manages to not violate Roblox’s TOS, of course.

Edit: Roblox is intended as a MMO safe for children. As such, I find it perfectly fine, and even required, for them to block any in-game attempt at directing players to content that isn’t safe for children, such as the PewDiePie channel.

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draugris

Well i can´t say anything about his content tbh, I do not watch his videos, but if his content is not safe for children, why he can upload on youtube ?

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Bree Royce

Because YouTube isn’t only for children, and Google has a totally different standard for what it allows on YouTube than Roblox has for a kids MMO?

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oruh

You know people shoot each other in Roblox right? Not to mention the ERP, which seems wide spread among children these days. When I was a kid all we did was Tavern RP.

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Bree Royce

I do – I’ve been covering Roblox for a long time and have played around in it myself. I also know it has filters for adult content and that the studio has traditionally taken offensive content pretty damn seriously, though not even games that block all chat are ever perfectly safe, which is why parents need to monitor their kids’ playtime everywhere, even in games intended for kids.

None of which is relevant to the question of why Google and Roblox run their completely different companies completely differently.

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kvlt_vonnegut

Nobody’s reputation is on a per-game or per-platform basis.

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draugris

So in your opinion only someone with a “clean” reputation should be allowed in online games, lol. If that ever comes true, you will have a hard time to find anybody to play with mate.

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kvlt_vonnegut

Nah, I’m fine with the half handful of “can’t stop won’t stop with the antisemitism” people getting the boot. Strawmanning looks good on you though, the important thing is you tried.

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Armsbend

Same here. 2010+ has been textbook as a case study for why censorship is a good idea.

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Robert Mann

Censorship, or merely repercussions for what is said? Because the two are different, and the first is not so great an idea all in all (but the second of the two is needed as all get out in online anything).

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Robert Mann

Heh, there’s quite a few people who keep a pretty clean reputation, and avoid being asshats. Having only them around, rather than the rest, would likely improve the experience. Scratch that, it would be wicked awesome.

As to completely clean, and not having offended anybody, sure. However, there are some reasonable standards that could be bracketed off, allowing people to essentially not ‘see, be grouped with, or otherwise have to experience in any way people who have done X, Y, or Z’.

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rafael12104

I don’t understand the logic. Pew is not banned? Isn’t that the first thing you do if you are trying to police Pew and his content?

As for using his name or his content in-game? Well, TOS, if it’s like most standard agreements of that type will give the game latitude to do ban, exclude, and remove anything deemed offensive and detrimental to the game.

The whole thing is very weird though. How, as in what context, is Pew’s name and content being used?

Given Pew’s past indiscretions and the nature of Roblox as a game for kids, I would err on the side of caution. But… is his name in and of itself considered a slur?

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silverlock

I think his name was a way to fly the Antisemitic flag without getting banned for it.

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rafael12104

Ah, I see. Ok, that makes more sense.

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Schmidt.Capela

The whole thing is very weird though. How, as in what context, is Pew’s name and content being used?

To direct Roblox players to subscribe to Pew’s channel.

Or, to put it in other words, to direct the players of a kid-friendly game towards one of the least kid-friendly channels that is still allowed to exist on YouTube.

Given the context, I find the ban on the name quite justified.

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rafael12104

Yup, I can see that. And as Silverlock states, his name is being used in a derogatory way as well.

Yeah, permaban.

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oruh

You should actually watch the stream and realize; every game he entered he got swarmed the second they realized who he was. And Really? Do you remember being a kid? Do any of you? Who are you protecting? From what?