Earlier this week, a 41-year-old man named Tetsuya Yamagami shot dead the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a political rally with a handmade firearm. As the news reverberated through social media – and, subsequently, national television stations – photographs of Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima were falsely attributed to the assassin. Kojima Productions has now spoken out against the spread of “fake news” and has suggested it may take legal action.
“Kojima Productions strongly condemns the spread of fake news and rumors that convey false information,” a statement said. “We do not tolerate such libel and will consider taking legal action in some cases.”
The real irony here is that 2001’s Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – arguably Kojima’s most famous game – was all about misinformation in the digital era, and now he finds himself a victim of it.