The Last of Us 2 has been under a lot of heat recently and Naughty Dog has been doing some serious damage control. This includes disabling comments on YouTube and even DCMA’ing accounts on social media that talk about The Last of Us 2 or even share memes related to the game. Naughty Dog has been sending DMCAs left and right.
Ian Miles Cheong Managing Editor of HumanEvents / Hype Break tweeted that Naughty Dog has had his Twitter account locked because he reported on DMCAs that the company is issuing related to The Last of Us 2 content on the internet. The following is his tweet that you can check out.
Naughty Dog just DMCA'd me for reporting (as a journalist) on how they are DMCA'ing memes about The Last of Us 2. Fuck you Naughty Dog. pic.twitter.com/5dAWV3wJJ9
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 21, 2020
Content related to The Last of Us 2 has been removed from his account and he has shared that in a screenshot with his tweet as well. Ian Miles Cheong is not the only person that has faced a DCMA from Naughty Dog related to The Last of Us 2. Other people have reported the same issue and you can check out the Tweets below:
They must have scheduled this purge for a Thursday. pic.twitter.com/cJwmgd3Tes
— Callum J. Ager (@CallumJAger) May 21, 2020
@KalebPrime got banned for TLOU2 memes.
Because this is the PR Sony needs before their 9th generation console drops
— Ronin (@ReloadedRonin) May 21, 2020
Can confirm jajaja pic.twitter.com/WGRWWaCdYq
— (Venom) Hand me the quirk (@suspended_was) May 21, 2020
According to someone I'm talking to (not Kaleb) he was suspended over The Last of Us 2 memes that Sony/Naughty Dog have been copyright striking people for. I love my PS4 (80+ Platinums trophies & counting) but man, Xbox Series X is looking good right about now.
Fuck Naughty Dog pic.twitter.com/PtFRecNULM
— Sophia (Mafiosa) Narwitz (@SophNar0747) May 21, 2020
Our very own Sikandar Mehmood got a DCMA on his Twitter account for talking about The Last of Us 2:
— Sikandar Mahmood (@SikandrMahmood) May 13, 2020
It is interesting to see what Naugty Dog is doing. Not only is this a clear violation of freedom of speech but it can also be called censorship. I get that developers and publishers want their games not to be spoiled and that people do post spoilers to troll others but that is not what is going on here.
The Last Of Us Part 2 marketing has not seen a positive response recently Neil Druckman himself went on YouTube to talk about the game and the video got more than 115,000 dislikes. Which is pretty high keeping in mind that at the time the video had a total of 912,000 views and 35,000 likes.
Let us know what you think about these Naughty Dog DMCAs and whether or not the company is taking things too extreme here.