GameStop NFT Marketplace faces backlash for minting "horrific" 9/11 image

In early July, GameStop (GME) launched its own NFT marketplace, but a token with a design that eerily resembles a tragic 9/11 image has plunged the platform into hot water.

On July 11th, GME launched the GameStop NFT Marketplace in its “public beta” form, allowing select artists to shape their designs. While buyers can purchase NFTs minted on the platform, GameStop NFT Marketplace cannot be used to trade tokens created outside of the platform.

This makes GameStop NFT a closed ecosystem of buyers and developers, but the pool of developers is much smaller than on platforms like OpenSea. Artists must apply to become creators for GameStop and can only sell their work if accepted.

Amid a crypto crash, GameStop NFT has also had issues with developers violating their terms of service, leading to numerous bans. And now the platform is under fire for hosting an NFT that looks nearly identical to a photo taken on 9/11 of a man jumping to his death.

Titled Falling Man, the token was created by GameStop NFT Creator Jules as part of the Astronaut Collection. Netizens were quick to note its strong resemblance to Richard Drew’s famous “The Falling Man” photo, which showed 9/11 victim Jonathan Briley jumping to his death from the World Trade Center.

The Jules NFT shows an astronaut falling into a position similar to Briley’s. However, the striped background is almost an exact replica of the one seen in Drew’s photo.

The two photos were shared together via Twitter, with many users urging GameStop to remove the NFT. They called the token “terrible,” “disgusting,” and “disrespectful.” And many comments were answered with automated replies from the GameStop NFT account.

One user claimed, “It has been operational for 10 days and is still operational despite numerous reports.” This comes after a wave of creators were suspended for creating NFTs from copyrighted material.

GameStop has yet to respond to the outcry from people who think the NFT should be shut down. However, we will update our readers if they provide an answer. GameStop NFT Marketplace faces backlash for minting "horrific" 9/11 image

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