I hit Ctrl-v3jShift-ixEscape, and x is correctly inserted on the current line and in the 3 lines below it in the same column. Good.

I hit Ctrl-v3jShift-iBackspaceEscape a character is deleted only on the current line.

How can I make it delete characters on the visual block-selected lines?

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:help blockwise-operators:

Visual-block Insert  
(...) Works only for adding text to a line, not for deletions.

An alternative is to select the column to the left and use x or d, i.e., Ctrl-v3jd.

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    Technically d works too, and that’s easier for my fingers
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Nov 4, 2020 at 0:52

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