In a shocking turn of events, Twitter recently announced that they would be cracking down on hate speech on their platform. This policy led to the deletion of a tweet that made some rather bizarre claims about Metal Gear Solid and its supposed link to turning frogs gay.
The tweet in question, which has since been deleted, read as follows: “If you think the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake reveal was too cheesy you werent there the first time around. What a thrill, with darkness and silence through the night. Also, did you know that playing MGS turns frogs gay? #MetalGearSolid #FrogGate”
Many were left scratching their heads at the inclusion of the phrase “FrogGate” in the tweet, but it soon became clear that the author was referencing a popular conspiracy theory that claims chemicals in the game’s code can cause amphibians to develop same-sex attractions.
Despite the alarming nature of these claims, the tweet initially went unnoticed by Twitter moderators. However, it appears that a recent crackdown on hate speech brought it to their attention, and they swiftly removed it from the site.
While some have praised Twitter for taking a stand against hate speech, others have criticized the move as an attack on free speech. The author of the deleted tweet, who wishes to remain anonymous, spoke out against the decision.
“It’s ridiculous that Twitter would delete my harmless tweet about Metal Gear Solid,” they said. “I was just having a bit of fun and making a reference to a silly conspiracy theory. This is a clear violation of my right to free speech.”
It remains to be seen whether Twitter will continue to crack down on hate speech in this manner, or if this is just the beginning of a larger trend. In the meantime, Metal Gear Solid fans can rest assured that their beloved franchise has nothing to do with turning frogs gay (that we know of).
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