The SHIB community acted swiftly and thwarted the efforts of a mischievous user who misused the Shiba Inu Metaverse’s land to draw a swastika symbol on it.
In a recently issued statement by the developers of the Shiba Inu (SHIB) Metaverse, it came to light that a user’s wallet address was blacklisted for having misused the metaverse’s land, to draw a swastika symbol. As is common knowledge, the swastika symbol is closely associated with the Nazi propaganda and emanates feelings of racial bias and hatred.
The Shiba Inu team informed via a formal statement, “The Metaverse will place the wallet identifying the [hate symbol] violation on a blacklist, meaning it will never be able to participate in any and all areas of the platform.”
How it happened?
It all started on April 12, the day when the first phase of Shiba Inu Metaverse land sale was scheduled to commence. It involved the release of 36,000 plots of land in the Shiba Inu metaverse, out of a total 100,000. In order to bid on the Metaverse plots, crypto investors were required to lock their LEASH (ecosystem tokens) and Shiboshi NFTS (non-fungible tokens), on Shib.io. These were square plots in the price range of 0.2 to 1 ETH each.
As per the process of sale, every time a user successfully bid on a plot, its colour would change from ‘grey’ to ‘black’, as could be seen on the metaverse’s map.
However, Shiba Inu Discord community’s members noticed on April 15 that a mischievous user had bid on multiple plots of land in a way that the pattern formed a swastika symbol. As soon as the news broke out, SHIB holders rapidly used their resources and started bidding on plots around the symbol, in an effort to shade it out. They continued till the swastika symbol completely disappeared into the shape of a window.
Most SHIB users supportive of the ban
From what could be gauged from the community interactions, most SHIB followers were supportive of the developers’ decision to blacklist the mischievous user. They backed the decision as a step to create a more properly curated community which is positive and welcoming of people from all backgrounds. A Twitter user reiterated that it was Shiba Inu house and it is they who decide the language acceptable in their home, just as we would in our own.