Bungie has pledged to remove a far right hate symbol from shared-world shooter Destiny 2.
"It's come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 shares elements with a hate symbol," the studio said on Twitter. "It is not intentional. We are removing it.
"Our deepest apologies. This does NOT represent our values, and we are working quickly to correct this. We renounce hate in all forms."
The company presumably meant "denounce" (publicly declare to be wrong or evil) rather than renounce (formally declare one's abandonment of something).
Whatever the case, Bungie CEO Pete Parsons added, "At Bungie, our company values place the highest emphasis on inclusion of all people and respect for all who work with us or play our games."
Bungie did not specify which gauntlet is being removed, but Redditors quickly figured out that it is likely "Road Complex AA1", which appears to be based on the "Kekistan" flag. Indeed, images of the gauntlet have been removed from the game's official site.
Kekistan, or "The People's Republic of Kekistan" is a fictional nation invented in 4chan's political board. It rose to prominence after being promoted by a handful of anti-feminism YouTubers.
The Kekistan flag is based on a Nazi battle flag, and was created to allow white supremacists to identify and acknowledge one another using a symbol of Nazism that isn't identified as such by ordinary people.
Using the symbol allows not only for plausible deniability on the part of white supremists/the alt-right ("it's just an ironic joke!"), but also enables them to paint anyone who criticises the flag as a paranoid, overly-sensitive snowflake who just wants to "censor" the world.
It's then easier to recruit those against "censorship" to their cause, and gradually introduce them to white supremacist ideas – "they will come for you next!" and so forth.
Of course, not everyone who uses the flag is a white supremacist. No doubt some believe it's just a bit of edgy humour, and enjoy the reaction it gets from "SJWs" and "libtard PC police". "Isn't it hilarious how touchy they are about Nazis? KEK." And so forth. That's likely how the gauntlets ended up in the game.
This may all sound incredibly far-fetched, but you only need to look at the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month to see that white supremacists were marching in public with the Kekistan flag.
For those interested in learning more, check out the terrific video below from YouTuber Contrapoints called "How To Spot A Fascist". I've cued it up at the part about symbols, but the whole thing is worth a look – especially if you are one of the "it's PC gone mad!" crowd: