Kake Broek, a well-known and much-admired metaverse artist who uses Second Life to create images of topical satire, was reportedly banned from Second Life recently, allegedly for impersonating a Linden Lab staff member. I say "reportedly" and "allegedly" because this comes from Mr. Broek's own Flickr feed, where he's posted an e-mail, apparently from Linden Lab, to that effect. (See below.)
"Maybe 'cause sometimes I'm wearing overhead text, 'I'm not a Linden'," Kake claimed to me on Twitter over the weekend. "But clearly I'm just a common good citizen old clown invested in the grid [for] 11 years, never griefing, harassing, hacking or any aggressiveness. And anyway, this conviction is so enormously disproportionate. I'm shocked sad and so disappointed!"
In response to the reported banning, other members of the SL creative community have started an e-mail campaign to Linden Lab, asking for clemency on Kake's behalf -- and creating, of course, in-world protest installations (as above and below the break).
A Kake contribution to Avatars Against Trump
Kake's a fantastic satirist who makes great use of Second Life tools to mock real world political figures and current events (as above), so whatever happened, it's a disappointment if he's no longer able to return. At the same time, part of me wonders if this whole thing is just an extended work of metaverse performance art.