Roblox, a Minecraft-esque game played by millions of kids, has reinstated Felix”PewDiePie” Kjellberg after wrongly banning him earlier this week, allegedly due to confusion regarding a banned meme linked to his name.
In a forum article , Roblox explained the game started banning usernames that have the term”pewdie” back in December following a collection of memes that included the term became a negative phenomenon within the community. Roblox said that its trust and safety staff will occasionally block memes”that represent or are interchangeable for behaviour that falls outside our community standards” in a bid to keep the game safe. Learn How to Get Free Robux
Pewdiepie Gets Banned by Roblox
PewDiePie’s present Roblox account was banned as part of the policy, the article says. But because the coverage was only supposed to apply to new accounts, he has been reinstated.
Kjellberg — and, apparently, most others outside the Roblox community — did not know about the prohibited meme. There is not any documented explanation of this”pewdie” meme from mainstream websites or meme explainer books like Know Your Meme.
In addition, it is possible the ban actually just associated with PewDiePie himself. Fans claimed to have found a forum post from a Roblox staff member in January 2019 that said any material in relation to Kjellberg would be prohibited”because of his articles redirecting to dangerous and inappropriate sites/channels, in addition to continued inappropriate behavior.”
Kjellberg addressed the situation in a movie after fans pointed out that players were banned for referencing his name through a live stream on Sunday, which brought in over 120,000 concurrent viewers at its peak. Kjellberg live-streamed his gameplay as a means to bring attention to the continuing, largely facetious conflict between himself and T-Series, a Bollywood-centric YouTube station that’s close to overtaking Kjellberg as the very subscribed-to founder on YouTube.
“I watched the entire live stream,” Kjellberg states in the movie above, after his ban. “I don’t recall saying anything bad. What did I do that was so awful?”
1 programmer wrote on the discussion the lack of clarity around his prohibit talked to communication problems between Roblox’s team and the rest of the community. They noted that”advancement in moderation communicating would avoid miscommunication such as what occurred with PewDiePie’s fans” because they do not understand why a participant, such as Kjellberg, was banned in the first location.
Kjellberg used his movie to point out other issues he had over Roblox’s language, such as noting that the firm’s own terms and conditions of service state that”Linked websites aren’t under our control, and we aren’t responsible for their content.”
The ban led to Kjellberg’s fans tweeting their anger over the situation, using hashtags such as #unbanpewdiepie to call attention to the circumstance.
A Roblox representative declined to comment further to The Verge about if individuals with”pewdie” in their usernames would continue to face bans, but the announcement posted on the forum does not imply that will go away anytime soon. Although Kjellberg has back his account, there’s still some confusion among players about what the specific meme was and why people are still being prohibited.