Over 100 tributes have reportedly been removed.
Following this morning’s terrorist attack of two New Zealand mosques which resulted in the deaths of at least 49 people, Valve has been continuously removing tributes that various Steam users have been making to the suspected shooter.
Reported by Kotaku, Valve has cracked down on over 100 Steam profiles that have been memorializing the suspected shooter following the attack. These tributes often incorporated his alleged name into their profiles, and uploaded user images of the suspected shooter as well as screenshots from a Facebook livestream of the shooting. Other tributes referred to the suspected shooter as a saint or hero, or used derogatory language in reference to his victims.
As of writing, there are still profiles up and running with such tributes, but Valve appears to be quick in taking them down. IGN has reached out to Valve for comment.
Per a report from PC Gamer, Steam has had issues with hate groups and hate mongering due to Valve not enforcing its own policies, and while many users seem to be simply trolling, it’s become an issue Valve has continuously had to wrestle. In this instance, it appears the company has responded swiftly and decisively wherever possible.
Last year, Valve announced an open-door policy that essentially enabled any game to go for sale on the Steam Store, with the exception of games that are “illegal or straight up trolling.” Since then, Valve has had to remove a scam game and ban its developer, and pre-emptively ban a game called Rape Day.
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Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.