Disney Declares War on Club Penguin Clones After Swearing, Racism and Penguin Sex Discovered

By Gary Cutlack on at

Disney has told the operator of Club Penguin Online to close, not merely because it's an unofficial clone of Disney's former internet gaming portal Club Penguin built with unauthorised copies of its code, but also due to the way admins have been running the site in a way that welcomes – or at least entirely ignores – racist and sexual content.

The Disney enthusiast hub Club Penguin Online is based on Disney's model of a social hub for children and apparently logged one million new players recently thanks to the long and empty days of coronavirus lockdown. Oh but operating filters and monitoring content is way too much of a pain in the arse for the non-Disney site to manage, hence the BBC investigators found "swear words, homophobic slurs, anti-Semitism and racist messages" in it thanks to the lack of even basic automatic filtering, also seeing what the investigators called "penguin e-sex" where sexy messages were swapped in-game.

The sharing of personal details was allowed in the fake Club Penguin too, with invitations to Zoom webchat meetings floating about the place. Site volunteers admitted to being encouraged to DDoS rival game hubs too, and worse still, one of the operators has been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. A Disney spokesperson said of the utter mess: "...we are appalled by the allegations of criminal activity and abhorrent behaviour on this unauthorised website that is illegally using the Club Penguin brand and characters for its own purposes." [BBC]