Mods come in all shapes and sizes. Some turn you into Shrek. Others turn your enemies into Shrek. A few add Donkey, but they’re (sadly) rarer. There are also political mods. Or at least, on top mod site Nexus Mods, there were. Now they’re banned until at least early next year.
The site announced its decision to ban specifically U.S.-focused political mods in a post earlier today.
“Considering the low quality of the mods being uploaded, the polarising views they express, and the fact that a small but vocal contingent of our users are seemingly not intelligent or grown up enough to be able to debate the issues without resorting to name calling and baseless accusations without proof (indicative of the wider issues plaguing our world at this time) we’ve decided to wipe our hands clean of this mess and invoke an outright ban on mods relating to sociopolitical issues in the United States,” wrote Nexus Mods owner Robin “Dark0ne” Scott. “We have neither the time, the care, or the wish to moderate such things. This ban will apply to all mods uploaded from the 28th of September onwards. We will review this restriction sometime after the next President of the United States has been inaugurated.”
A blanket ban on anything of this nature is, of course, an act of both-sides-ism and false equivalence between frequently unlike concepts (leftism vs outright fascism, etc). However, it also sounds like Nexus Mods users were trafficking in low-quality troll content that referenced Donald Trump, police, and other contentious topics, mostly for the sake of edginess or shock value. For example, a Reddit post from a month ago complains about “3 Trump/police related mods [on] the front page” of Nexus Mods’ Skyrim