The Shiba Inu Metaverse team blacklisted an address after it attempted to draw a swastika on the map.
Posting in the Shiba Inu Discord, the team announced it would also blacklist future addresses, stating: “We will not tolerate the use of hate speech, displays of intolerance or bigotry (through words, actions, symbolism etc).”
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Posted in the Shiba Discord and on Twitter, the announcement made clear that any violations would not be permitted. The moderation team said: “Any account or individual who attempts to incite harm towards others is not allowed.”
It also emphasised the importance of “keeping Shiba Inu environments diverse, safe, and a supportive space” for community members.
According to comments in the Discord server, this was the result of one address making several bids in the shape of a swastika on the Shiba metaverse map.
Images of the metaverse’s swastika first appeared on the Discord on April 15. It was located just north of The Wagmi Temple, on the east side of the map.
Almost immediately after noticing, the ShibArmy appeared to purchase land around the symbol, turning it into a window instead.
Shiba Defence Breed member and moderator Stixl said the user's land “won’t be confiscated”, but the address will not be able to participate in metaverse activity in the future.
After users questioned what activities would be prohibited, they also added: “We’ll have a coherent set of community guidelines published.”
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While most holders supported the decision, some users on Twitter and Discord pushed back against the ruling, questioning whether it was adding further centralisation to the ecosystem. Others attempted to defend the posting of such symbols.
However, the majority rallied against those questioning the decision to prohibit hate symbols. “This is also [a] common sense factor. You can’t expect there not to be repercussions from a hateful statement like a symbol of that kind,” posted one Discord moderator.
Others pointed out that decentralisation cannot mean anarchy, with some guidelines being necessary. Some SHIB holders noted that given the decentralised nature, those against the blacklisting were free to build their own metaverse.
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