Valve removes New Zealand terror assault references from greater than 100 Steam profiles

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Valve has eliminated references to the gunman behind final week’s mass taking pictures at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand from greater than 100 Steam profiles. The assault claimed the lives of 50 individuals.

Last week, Kotaku reported that “dozens of users” on Valve’s gaming platform had taken on the title and picture of the suspected killer within the hours following the taking pictures. Many of these profiles used pictures from the livestream of the assault, which was shared on Facebook, whereas one other displayed footage of the assault within the type of a GIF.

Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anostasio says that after she reached out to Valve for remark, the alleged shooter’s title seems to have been faraway from greater than 100 accounts, however can nonetheless be seen as a part of a listing of every person’s earlier aliases. At the time of writing, nonetheless, a search on Steam reveals a number of accounts nonetheless utilizing the suspected killer’s title and picture, together with one which refers to him as “a hero.” Kotaku additionally studies that “hundreds” of pages make reference to killers behind different mass shootings.

While Valve has usually taken a considerably hands-off strategy to moderation of its neighborhood, final 12 months noticed the corporate remove a number of hate groups that had received media attention from its platform. That adopted an analogous transfer by Discord, which removed at least eight far-right servers from its voice app in March 2018.

We’ve reached out to Valve for touch upon this story, and we’ll replace if we hear extra.