Roblox, a Minecraft- esque game played by millions of kids, has reinstated Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg after incorrectly banning him earlier this week, allegedly because of confusion regarding a banned meme linked to his name.
In a forum post, Roblox said the game began banning usernames that include the term “pewdie” back in December following a series of memes that incorporated the term became a negative occurrence within the community. Roblox said that its trust and safety team will sometimes block memes “that represent or are interchangeable for behavior that falls outside of our community standards” in a bid to keep the game safe. Free Robux generator No human verification
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Pew DiePie’s existing Roblox account was banned as part of the policy, the post says. But because the policy was only supposed to apply to new accounts, he has been reinstated.
Kjellberg — and, seemingly, most others outside the Roblox community — did not know about the banned meme. There is not any documented explanation of the “pewdie” meme from mainstream websites or meme explainer books like Know Your Meme.
It’s also possible the ban really 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, as well as continued inappropriate behavior.”
Kjellberg addressed the situation in a video after fans pointed out that players were being banned for referencing his name during a live stream on Sunday, which brought in more than 120,000 concurrent viewers at its peak. Kjellberg live-streamed his gameplay as a means to bring attention to the continuing, mostly facetious conflict between himself and T-Series, a Bollywood-centric YouTube channel that’s close to overtaking Kjellberg as the very subscribed-to founder on YouTube.
“I watched the entire live stream,” Kjellberg states in the video above, after his ban. “I don’t recall saying anything bad. What did I do that was so bad?”
One developer wrote on the discussion the lack of clarity around his ban spoke 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 don’t understand why a player, such as Kjellberg, was banned in the first place.
Kjellberg used his movie to point out other issues he had over Roblox’s language, including noting that the company’s own terms of service state that”Linked websites are not 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 like #unbanpewdiepie to call attention to the situation.
A Roblox representative declined to comment further to The Verge about whether people 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 as to what the particular meme was and why people are still being prohibited.