VRChat Bans Player Supporting Hong Kong Protest For “Disruptive Behavior”
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A player going by the handle of Yui claims they were banned from the virtual reality service VR Chat for supporting the Hong Kong protest, with a message apparently telling him that he engaged in “disruptive behavior”.

The message was posted up over on VRChat.canny.io community page on September 16th, 2019, where Yui explained…

“i uploaded world:Glory To Hong Kong few days ago,and today i got banned by reason:Disruptive Behavior.

 

“i know many chinese don’t like this map and report me,so they dont like something can remove everything?

 

“i just want to share hong kong anthem song in my world ,

 

“Let people all over the world know We fighting for freedom” [sic]

But that’s not even the worst part about it.

According to Spiel Times the news about the ban of a user supporting Hong Kong was banned from being discussed on the VR Chat sub-reddit.

To top it all off, the Spiel Times article discussing the ban of the Hong Kong user from VR Chat and the sub-reddit banning discussion of the topic was also banned from gaming news sub-reddits. The article was submitted to the /r/gamernews/ sub-reddit and it was promptly banned for not being news about video games.

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So discussion about the censorship taking place in VRChat is being censored on social media.

It’s hard to tell how widespread an issue like this is if discussion is being shut down. If you search the Steam forums there’s no talk about it, but it’s hard to tell if it’s just because only Yui was affected or if the threads are being deleted from the forums. This is part of the problem with censorship of sensitive topics like this, you can never get an idea of what the full scope of the problem is when certain parties are intent on stifling discussion.

(Thanks for the news tip Ebicentre)

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