Over the past week Fallout 76 roleplayers have had their accounts restricted on Facebook, and none of them knows why. A group of players who call themselves the Free States Militia were first to have some of their members’ accounts silenced – after initially being banned entirely late last year. Now, though, other Fallout 76 players have come forward to share that they’ve also been restricted from posting in groups or creating new ones.
The players we spoke to say the restrictions came without warning or any clear instructions on appealing them. “When you go to the page that tells you that you’re banned, it glitches out, and you have to hard stop the page to get out,” Valorie Kaye, the creator of a Fallout 76 group called House of Bedlam, tells us. “I checked FB help groups. Multiple banned people, same exact ban, and same weird glitch. I had to restart my phone three times yesterday to exit Facebook.”
So what did they do to get banned? They can only theorise. One of the players we spoke to points us toward a post shared in the FB Centre that details Facebook’s preparation for US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Facebook’s VP of Integrity, Guy Rosen, and VP of Global Policy Management, Monika Bickert, explain that the social media platform has enacted additional measures to ensure that no one uses it for violence.