With Disney’s policies regarding the social media interaction of Club Penguin staff members getting more strict overtime, we all knew it would happen eventually.
First, Spike Hike and Polo Field unfollowed everyone, stopped replying and deleted their tweets. Then they cut back on their tweets and became very inactive, along with other members of staff such as Megg who no longer tweets or replies to anyone.
Polo Field also closed his blog which he previously used to answer questions and reveal news about Club Penguin.
Disney’s policies are enforced with the safety of children in mind. Despite Twitter’s age requirement of 13 years old, not everybody follows that rule, and there are many under-13s on Twitter – including a number of Club Penguin players.
Apparently Disney believe that by retiring all connections with kids via social media, they are helping them be safe online.
I disagree – do they think these kids will stop coming on Twitter just because Polo Field is no longer on there? That is not that case, the Club Penguin community is populated and vibrant because of the awesome players.
I also don’t understand the agist notion that all kids under 13 are irresponsible and are unable to fend for themselves on the internet. I myself have been here since a tween, and it’s done me more good than harm.
Since I joined the Club Penguin community, I have learned a lot about the internet, marketing and computer science. Without it, I would know nothing about those subjects. Also, as I didn’t go to school for a long period of time, I had no friends in real life and thus no connection with anybody apart from my ‘Club Penguin friends’. It sounds weird, but without CP and Twitter, my life would be completely empty right now.
By stopping communication with us on Twitter, Club Penguin are not going to change anything apart from branding themselves as an incommunicative company. It gives the impression that they don’t care about their users, which isn’t a positive label to stick on its jumper.