In February 2019, PewDiePie was incorrectly banned from Roblox because his name included “PewDie.” He posted a video about the ban on February 12th, 2019, gaining over 10 million views in two years and causing increased backlash towards Roblox’s moderation team.
Afterward, the Roblox team lifted the ban and released a statement explaining what happened, which reads as follows:
“Roblox is committed to providing a safe and civil platform for our players, including blocking memes that represent or are synonymous for behaviour that falls outside of our community standards. In December, ‘pewdie’ became one of these negative memes on Roblox. As such, we began blocking the creation of new usernames that incorporated the term. The legacy account that PewDiePie used in his Livestream was incorrectly banned as part of the administration of this policy.”
There are numerous “banned from Roblox” formats available on ImgFlip’s Meme Generator, including one that looks like the original ban notice and one that looks like 2021’s redesign. The formats have seen considerable use on the site, resulting in a number of fake ban notices (examples shown below, left and right).