Nexus Mods has imposed a site-wide ban on US political mods in response to ‘provocative and troll mods.’ As the US general elections are drawing close, the current political situation is getting hot by every passing minute. How about that for gaming news!
And at this sensitive moment low-quality mods, polarizing views, baseless accusations provocative mods on current socio-political events in the US can cause a lot of damage and controversy. Some welcomed the decision while others abhorred it.
Let us talk about the scope of Nexus Mods, shall we? Nexus Mods is a big gun, a platform that shouldn’t be taken lightly. “If you can mod it, we will host it” a simple motto that has gathered millions under the banner of Nexus Mods.
There are more than 276000 files hosted for 1,100 games made by 113000 authors for 23 million members and these members have downloaded 4.2 billion files from Nexus Mods. A significant player in the mod world to say the least.
To administer and moderate such a huge website isn’t a duck soup and this decision came after “a spate of provocative and troll mods being uploaded based around current socio-political issues in the United States.” A site-wide ban was imposed on all US political mods. The ban will stay in place until after the inauguration of the new US president.
There were some mods with the names like “Synth Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” and the likes that caused the controversy. Most of these mods that hurt the sentiments of others were made by, in the words of Robin Scott, “cowards with sock puppet accounts.”
Furthermore, he urged users to report such accounts and do not engage in futile debates. The ban was received fairly positive by the majority of the users, though not everyone is happy there seems to be a general understanding that it was no doubt a good idea and a much-needed step to stop the trolls.
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