Educafro Brasil moved a public civil action against Google because of the platform to make the “game” “Simulador de Escravidão” available in its application store, to the Play Store, not which user can pretend to be the owner of enslaved people.
The NGO asks the company to pay compensation in the amount of R$ 100 million for collective moral damages.
Launched in the Play Store on April 20, the application received more than 1,000 downloads and was unavailable around 1:30 p.m. on the fourth fair (24), as reported by CNN a Google assessment.
The specialist lawyer in consumer law Leonardo Amarante, who provides consultancy to NGOs — which works with professional training in the digital area of the black community —, criticized the availability of the application from the Android system store and considered the offer, just in case, one “racist attitude”.
“This game regrettably reinforces two most cowardly chapters of Brazilian history and violates the most expensive fundamental rights enshrined in the Federal Constitution: the norms that protect the honor and dignity of the human person and the norms that protect the black population against racism”, he affirmed. .
In accordance with the open request of the NGO, the amount of R$ 100 thousand requested in compensation for Google considers “by nature in re ipsa do collective moral damage [quando o dano é presumido e não necessita de provas] and its punitive-pedagogical character”.
At the fourth fair (24), the Federal Public Ministry instituted a procedure to investigate or “play” and request clarifications from Google.
Procured by the report, Google affirmed that it had nothing to comment on Educafro’s action, but, in note, reaffirmed that the game has never been removed from the platform and stated that users should report applications that are in disagreement with their policies.
“We do not allow apps that promote violence or incite hatred against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, or that portray or promote gratuitous violence or other dangerous activities,” said the company statement.
“Any person who proves to have found an application that disagrees with our rules can make a complaint. When we identify a policy violation, we take the actions of life. And, in serious cases, we can take more rigid measures, including prohibiting the developer from publishing new applications on Google Play.”
How it worked or simulator
A responsible producer, Magnus Games, affirmed in the application that the user was able to “exchange, buy and sell slaves”.
“Choose one of two objectives at the start of the slave owner simulator: o Caminho do Tirano or o Caminho do Libertador. Become a rich owner of slavery or get the abolition of slavery. Everything is in your hands”, wrote the description of the company.
In one of the modalities offered, it was fair to description: “Use slaves for your own enrichment. Avoid the abolition of slavery and accumulate a certain amount of money”.
A Magnus Games alleges that the “game was created exclusively for entertainment purposes.” “Our studio condemns escravidão in any way. All content of the game is fictional and is not linked to specific historical events. All coincidences are accidental”, write notification of the application, as shown in the image below.
TO CNN I also contacted the Brazilian Association of Game Developers (Abragames). In note, the association affirms that it condemns any conduct, speeches or initiatives that exceed or respect human dignity and honor the honor of individuals or groups, including in games.
TO CNN try contacting production company Magnus Games.
Source: CNN Espanol