Naughty Dog’s Latest Tweet Is Troll-Proof Thanks To New Twitter Feature

Naughty Dog’s Latest Tweet Is Troll-Proof Thanks To New Twitter Feature
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Naughty Dog tweeted out some Last of Us II art with a reminder about the game’s release date today. Thanks to a new Twitter feature, it was one of the first tweets in recent weeks that’s replies weren’t filled with spoilers and vitriol.

“Pick up where we left off on June 19,” the tweet read. Below it were two images of characters overlooking outposts surrounded by nature. Below all that was a new disclaimer from Twitter telling people that the tweet was only a conversation between Naughty Dog and the people mentioned in the tweet, i.e., no one.

It’s a feature Twitter announced earlier this year and finally rolled out yesterday, which lets users limit who can reply to a tweet. Though not yet available to everyone, those who currently have access to it have already been having a bit of fun with it by posting hot takes, knowing nobody can directly argue with them. People can still respond by quote-tweeting, but those don’t pile up in the same place like replies do.

For Naughty Dog, the new option comes just a few weeks after a major leak revealed several key details about what happens in The Last of Us II. While many players have tried to hide from the spoilers, those who read through them and were angry about what they learned have taken to getting angry about it in the comments of Reddit posts, YouTube videos, and Naughty Dog’s tweets. The result is that, since April 27, the studio’s tweets—whether about the game, Jak and Daxter cosplay, or even just Mother’s Day—have been a cesspool of spoilers and toxic remarks.

The Last of Us II co-director Neil Druckman has been warning people about potential spoilers every time he retweets one of the game’s new trailers. Co-director Anthony Newman has been giving similar warnings. “I am h y p e d on this trailer,” he wrote about the game’s May 6 story trailer. “Big ups to the editorial team. Watch it on a big tv if you can. To avoid getting spoiled, delete it from your youtube watch history after, and don’t look at the replies to this tweet lol.”

The studio’s latest tweet doesn’t have that problem.


  • It’s worth noting that this feature is, like everything Twitter does, actually terrible and causes more harm than good.

    • Nah. It’s great. Everyone loves the part of Twitter where you can read an extremely short statement from a company and don’t interact with it. It’s why Twitter has always measured success in the much coveted disengagement metrics.

    • I’m feeling particularly shortsighted this morning; could you explain why that is the case?

  • So youll report on this?

    But not the fact that sony and naughty dog are rampantly abusing dmca and committing perjury to take down any content that criticizes anything related to tlou2 or makes fun of it

    Cool. Shows where your priorities lie kotaku.

    • Literally committing perjury or are you reverting to hyperbole? Because you gotta be under oath to commit perjury and it’s a criminal offence, so that’s a pretty big accusation to level…

      I’m not going to google to see what’s going on because I’m on a Sony/Naughty Dog blackout for fear of being spoiled.

      • When you file a DMCA you have to take into account fair use. Most platforms like twitter and youtube require you to acknowledge you took into account fair use.

        Intentionally ignoring fair use when filing a DMCA takedown makes you liable to perjury.

        People have been receiving DMCA notices on twitter for merely discussing the situation. They didn’t post any copyrighted content, They received a DMCA takedown for words.

        The fact that the mainstream gaming websites aren’t reporting on it brings into question their ehtics.

      • In fact, Youtube has rejected a lot of Sony’s DMCA takedowns on videos that are clearly fair use. Only for sony to re-file another DMCA on the exact same video.

        • Not saying you’re wrong, as I don’t know anything about this, but this is what I found in the Google and Twitter wording:

          The information in this notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. – YouTube

          A statement that the information in the complaint is accurate, and, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner. – Twitter

          That, to me, sounds like the perjury comes if you are making a fake claim and are misrepresenting yourself as the company or copyright holder. Those are the only mentions of perjury in their DCMA documents I could find.

          • It also applies if you make a claim knowing that DMCA does not apple here.

            for example someone making a tweet/ youtube video discussing the leaks without actually showing them is not copyrighted content. Therefore using the DMCA system to take it down is punishable via perjury.

  • I’m guessing the Watch history comment for YouTube is to prevent spoiler-laden videos coming up in the recommended list, since turning the comments off is something I’ve seen done in places.

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