N4G Users Worry About SJW Censorship

Some users for the gaming news aggregator N4G have expressed concern over what some might consider to be “tone policing”. A couple of instances involving the use of the acronym “SJW”, which stands for Social Justice Warrior, has led to some comments being deemed as “Inappropriate” by the N4G moderation staff.

User Anthotis posted screenshots of a couple of comments that he made on an N4G article submission about visual novels and diversity. After posting up the comment he proceeded to edit it, and while editing it the comment was quickly flagged and blocked from public view under the “Inappropriate” tag. You can view the comment below.

Once Anthotis was done editing the comment and noticed it was flagged as “Inappropriate”, he responded to the comment chain, stating…

“The very second I posted this comment, it was flagged as inappropriate.”

Shortly after posting the response, that comment was also flagged as “Inappropriate”. Anthotis grabbed a screenshot where several minutes later the comment was hidden from view.

A final screenshot shows that less than two minutes after making his final comment, it too was also flagged as “Inappropriate”.

I did reach out to the administrator of N4G to ask if some comments are instantly flagged for using certain acronyms, and Christopher responded via Twitter stating…

Of course, if comments are manually flagged and moderated, then it means they’re being monitored quite heavily. This, of course, led to the next question of whether or not using “SJW” as an acronym would end up resulting in a comment being flagged by moderators.

Christopher responded saying that usage determines moderation flags, stating on Twitter…

Apparently using “Social Justice Warrior” as a pejorative could be labeled as offensive. Sites like Anime News Network have completely banned the use of the acronym “SJW” on their forum, and censor out the phrase “Social Justice Warrior” to prevent people from using it.

Nevertheless, I was directed to a couple of different individuals who have run into these issues before, one of whom pointed out that a comment was flagged as “Inappropriate” for calling someone a “judgmental SJW”. A screenshot of the comment can be viewed below.

This led me to ask a few other people exactly what their interactions have been like on N4G making comments about topics involving Social Justice Warriors, but many stated that they tried avoiding those topics altogether or limited their interactions with them to avoid coming under the thumb of the moderation team.

In two separate cases site owners stated that they tried avoiding any submissions centered around cultural issues affecting video games, opting to maintain a low profile to avoid being banned from the news aggregator.

Late last year in December the issue over SJWs came to a head when an interview involving developer Mark Kern was originally censored from running on N4G because it involved calling out SJWs. However, after a lot of public scrutiny and backlash, the administration team reinstated the interview. The topic was covered in depth by TechRaptor.

In the cases exhibited above, it appears as if using SJWs in a pejorative sense will net you a flag on N4G, so keep that in mind when commenting about potentially hot-button topics.


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