Media reported that NexusMods is a large computer game editing platform and gathering place, but it is flooded with content from the Internet spray, for which it has banned all content related to the U.S. election. Modding refers to creating new content for the game and letting the player install it himself, and NexusMods is one of the larger collections of such mods and an active community.
Unfortunately, however, even simple things like adding decorative tapestries to Skyrim can become a proxy political battleground, for example, with many mods replacing ordinary enemies in the game with Trump supporters or “thugs.” Here’s a screenshot from a screenshot shown by Reddit user Cipherx02, who noticed that the user was also filling in the description bar with false information:
In an article on the site’s news page, Nexus Modes managers were careful to express their frustration that they had not expressed support for any political ideology other than “anti-idiots.”
There is no doubt that this is now the case everywhere on the Internet. Unlike Facebook and YouTube, however, smaller websites and communities don’t have thousands of paying hosts or advanced machine learning tools to kill the problem. Therefore, a total ban does not appear to be an overreaction, but the only reasonable response. As the U.S. election approaches, many small communities are likely to have to draw a line under the risk of serious incidents.