It looks like Bethesda may be accidentally and not so accidentally banning players for cheating. In a letter to players Bethesda lists a number of programs that could result in bans, including “bots”, “speed hacks”, “deep-link”, “page-scrape”, “robot”, “spider”, algorithm or other programs that monitor any part of the Services including, but not limited to, the game and/or forums.” Also “software that transmits, manipulates or distributes the data stream or any aspect of the Services to another computer, server websites or other publication or distribution media, or software that permits you to use Services without human input”.
Several users are reporting the email:
This account has violated the Code of Conduct and Terms of Service by cheating. The account was detected to be running a third-party application, which provides an unfair in-game advantage, while logged into Fallout 76. […] The use of this type of application is not permitted under any circumstances, nor for any reason. As a result, we regret to inform you that this account has been permanently disabled and will no longer be eligible to participate in any ZeniMax Online services.
Luckily the email also states:
If you would like to appeal this account closure, we would be willing to accept an essay on “why the use of third-party cheat software is detrimental to an online game community”, for our management team to review.
Anyone banned accidentally should write Bethesda support as soon as possible.