The Official PlayStation Twitter account appears to have fallen victim to its parent company’s own censorship action in response to The Last of Us Part II leaks.
A May 6th tweet from the official PlayStation Twitter account promoting the Ellie and Joel story trailer for The Last of Us Part II features an image that informs you that the media can not be displayed.
It reads, “Media not displayed. This image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder.”
— Daniel Villarreal (@CapitanSonrisas) May 27, 2020
Here’s a screenshot of the actual tweet.
PlayStation is the latest victim in Sony and Naughty Dog’s campaign to censor any kind of discussion regarding The Last of Us Part II leaks.
Following the leaks, Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment employed a company called Muso TNT Ltd to target YouTubers, websites, and individuals who were discussing the leaks.
YouTubers Ryan Kinel, Gaming with Geeks, Jeremy Griggs of Geeks + Gamers, Heel vs Babyface, Mr. H Reviews, and Superdivorce were some of the YouTubers that Naughty Dog targeted through Muso.
Their overzealous censorship even extended to individuals who were creating memes referencing the leaks. One person had their meme featuring Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance’s Senator Armstrong playing golf with Joel and Ellie from the first The Last of Us game.
Naughty Dog hid this meme on their replies.
RT because fuck Naughty Dog. pic.twitter.com/oV0gRMb5P8
— Jeremy Prime (@DDayCobra) May 6, 2020
Naughty Dog has taken the censorship so far they employed a new Twitter tool that prevents their fans, potential customers, and critics from even responding to their posts on Twitter. They effectively silenced anyone who even wanted to say good job or express how excited they were for the game.
They began deploying this tool on May 21 and have used it for every subsequent tweet. As you can see below you can only retweet or like the tweet.
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) May 21, 2020
It doesn’t appear that Naughty Dog or Sony appear to be slowing down with their censorship tactics as they’ve now taken down an official PlayStation tweet.
One can only imagine what kind of tactics they will deploy when the game actually is available to purchase on June 19, 2020.