In a statement released by the Shiba Inu (SHIB) Metaverse developers on Tuesday evening, it appears that a user’s wallet address has been blacklisted for drawing a swastika using the project’s Metaverse terrain. The Shiba Inu Team wrote:
“SHIB: the metaverse will place the wallet identifying the [hate symbol] violation on a blacklist, which means that he will never be able to participate in all areas of the platform.”
The ordeal began on April 12 with the launch of the Shiba Inu Metaverse Land Sale, with approximately 36,000 plots out of 100,000 up for grabs. Via Shib.io, crypto enthusiasts who locked LEASH (ecosystem token) and non-fungible Shiboshi tokens were able to bid on metaverse lands, which were square plots, for 0.2 to 1.0 Ether ( ETH) each. Each time a user bids on a lot, the color changes from “grey” to “black” when viewed on the map.
On April 15, however, members of the Shiba Inu Discord community discovered that a smart user was bidding on land in a way that formed a swastika. Yet when the news broke, SHIB holders quickly reached into their pockets and began bidding on a lot around the symbol (thereby shading their color) until it finally transformed into a ” window”.
Zoomed image of the SHIB Metaverse earth map on April 15 | Source: discord
it seems that most SHIB enthusiasts support the developers’ decision to block the malicious user and create a community that is more strongly geared towards acceptance and positivity. Twitter user @DMCREDI wrote:
“No slippery slope…[regarding the ban] it is their house, and they choose the language that is acceptable as we would in our own house. Simple.”
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A small update on our Metaverse and the actions that will be taken to create a negative environment in space. pic.twitter.com/4tBD3tx6Ww
— SHIB: The Metaverse (@ShibTheMV) April 19, 2022