On January 7th, LittleBigPlanet fans took to X (Twitter) once again in outcry as numerous community members reported being falsely banned from PlayStation Network for content they supposedly uploaded through the game. Following the incident, the LittleBigPlanet servers for PlayStation 4 were temporarily shut off as the team investigates. First to report the issue was popular YouTuber BlazingVictini with this post shortly after midnight January 7th EST:
Cool, so I woke up to my PlayStation account being falesly suspended for 7 days due to "Hate Speech" on LittleBigPlanet.— BlazingVictini (@BlazingVictini) January 7, 2024
Not only would I not spread hate speech of any kind, but I haven't even been on the game nor have PS Plus to do anything online. pic.twitter.com/G9jhzpyh4a
BlazingVictini added, “This isn’t the first time I’ve been falsely suspended on LittleBigPlanet for something I didn’t do either and I assume it’s targeted.” He asserted that he hadn’t played the game in a long time, and that there was nothing that he could have done that would have warranted moderation action.
Thankfully, Steven Isbell promptly responded with this assurance:
Thanks for letting me know.— Steven Isbell (@StevenIsbell) January 7, 2024
I’ll investigate with the moderation team tomorrow.
However, the situation has escalated significantly. 18 hours later, other players started experiencing similar issues. Click the dropdown below to see a list of users that may have been affected.
- Amaiha (Not affected)
- SamuraiEzoiar (Xander_Beck)
- IShowSpeed (?)
Unfortunately, we were not able to get all the exact usernames. We don’t know if every user on this list was banned from PSN. However, we know that they have had their LBP profiles moderated.
We’ve observed the following pattern in the situation:
- A player is hearted by a user named Chilly-Bath95
- The user’s profile description is moderated some time afterward.
- The user may receive an email saying that they have been suspended from PSN and they will lose access to PlayStation Network services.
Based on the names on this list and the patterns involved, it’s highly likely that each user was specifically targeted, meaning that the vast majority of LittleBigPlanet players weren’t at risk.
In fact, this same phenomenon has afflicted LittleBigPlanet’s own Community Manager Steven Isbell’s account, StevenI.
At 6:57 AM, LBP Union’s status monitoring tools detected that the LittleBigPlanet servers were switched offline. Those in our Discord server with notifications for the status history channel were the first to know.
At 7:05 AM EST, the official LittleBigPlanet account on X posted the following message:
We are temporarily taking the LittleBigPlanet servers offline whilst we investigate a number of issues that have been reported to us.— Sackboy: A Big Adventure | LittleBigPlanet (@LittleBigPlanet) January 8, 2024
If you have been impacted by these issues, please be rest assured that we are aware of them and are working to resolve them for all affected.
At 7:10 AM EST on January 8th, Steven Isbell responded to a message from m88youngling explaining that any record of their suspensions will be removed from their accounts.
Later, at 2:15 PM EST, the official LittleBigPlanet X account explained that the servers would remain offline while the investigation continues.
Update: We will be keeping the LittleBigPlanet servers offline whilst we continue to investigate these issues that were reported to us.— Sackboy: A Big Adventure | LittleBigPlanet (@LittleBigPlanet) January 8, 2024
We thank you for your continued patience and for all of your care and support at this time. ❤️ https://t.co/E7YPeMbBM8
This marks the first time in nearly three years that the LittleBigPlanet servers have been fully brought offline due to malicious activity. One week after the incident, the LittleBigPlanet 3 servers for PlayStation 4 remain offline with no word on when they might return.
On January 17th, 2024, influencer news outlet Dexerto posted a clip from popular streamer IShowSpeed reacting to a PlayStation Network ban that occurred on January 8th, the same day as the other false bans. IShowSpeed is seen in the video angry at his little brother for using his account on LittleBigPlanet. Although he accuses his brother of doing something inappropriate on the game, it’s entirely possible that IShowSpeed’s account was targeted in the attack. There have been various LittleBigPlanet community members on X speculating about the incident.
Okay, hear me out. What if IShowSpeed was one of the numerous people who were falsely banned from PSN because they supposedly uploaded inappropriate through #LittleBigPlanet.— Aqua | #LBPCGP Event Organiser 📸 (@AquaLBP) January 17, 2024
On January 8th, he received an email saying his account was suspended, on the same day as the incident. https://t.co/v2Lzzz1gT3