Disney Orders Takedowns of NSFW Club Penguin Clone

By Alistair Jones on at

Disney has issued DMCA takedowns against a number of unofficial Club Penguin reboots after the BBC discovered that they were being used to share explicit messaging. Club Penguin Online, one of the largest communities to have sprung up after Disney took the official game offline in 2017, appeared to close down on Friday afternoon.

While Club Penguin Online borrowed gameplay and in some cases even branding from Disney's official version, it maintained none of the safeguarding features that the original was well-known for. That allowed messages containing racist, homophobic, and often sexually suggestive language language to be shared throughout the site, despite the large number of children still playing.

One of the men reportedly involved in the site, who lives in London, was arrested on suspicion of possessing imagery relating to child abuse, but has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

In a statement, Disney said that it was "appalled by the allegations of criminal activity and abhorrent behaviour on this unauthorised website," and that it will "continue to enforce our rights against this, and other, unauthorised uses of the Club Penguin game."