Update 28/06: Following a promise earlier this week to start distributing suspensions, Twitch has banned multiple Twitch streamers who have been charged with sexual abuse. In what appears to be an apparently unrelated action, DrDisrespect has also been banned, but no reason has been given publicly. It appears that the ban is permanent. However, he says he is not sure why the ban has been distributed and has only tweeted since his ban.
Update 6/24: Twitch released a new statement on current investigations into Twitch streamers accused of sexual abuse and harassment. “We are investigating each case that emerged as quickly as possible while ensuring adequate due diligence as we evaluate these serious allegations,”
A selection of Twitch streamers stopped streaming for 24 hours in protest over Twitch’s lack of movement on the issue. This includes Ray Fisher, which he published on his chirping who had been called racial insults while playing and wanted reform in the gaming community.
Twitch notes that they are looking for more information in cases where the incident occurred outside a Twitch-related event and in other cases “will have to report the case to the competent authorities who are better placed to conduct an investigation. more in-depth. “Encourage anyone interested in using the confidential reporting tools on each streamer’s channel page.
“We are also committed to continuing our efforts to make Twitch a safer environment with more tools to combat harassment and hatred,” continues the statement. “We have ongoing work including a review of our hateful conduct and harassment policies, improved offensive username detection, improvements to AutoMod and our list of banned words, and other projects that focus on reducing harassment and hateful conduct.”
“We recognize that we cannot tackle pervasive problems in gaming communities and the Internet on our own, but we take our responsibility seriously as a service to our community,” continues the statement. “We will continue to evaluate the allegations against Twitch affiliates and explore ways in which Twitch can collaborate with other industry leaders on this important issue.”
New reports continue to show up against numerous Twitch streamers. At the time of this writing, there is no acknowledgment of the allegations against many Twitch streamers on the front page of the site.
The original story follows.
It can no longer be said that the game is experiencing a #metoo moment, but rather an ongoing #metoo movement. Amid a new wave of accusations surfacing on social media, those who previously called their abusers now ask why the platforms hosting the contents of known abusers have not acted to eliminate them, with Twitch at the center of the controversy.
With multiple tweets claiming that Twitch has been provided with information on how some of their most famous partners are using that platform to abuse women and have chosen not to act on it, streamers and fans have invited Twitch and its CEO Emmett Shear to come forward.
I’m sick of being silent. The CEO of @Contraction, @eshear, was asked at an All Hands meeting on partners who use their platforms to abuse women, specifically using my case as an example. He chuckled, said “wow, the things that happen on our platform, I can’t really comment,” and went on.
– ✨ Starling ✨ (@YourStarling) June 22, 2020
Shear has now shared an internal Twitch email sent on the subject, while Twitch has released an official statement, but some don’t think the statement is sufficient.
In the past two days there have been many important conversations and I have heard your voices. I’d like to share the email I just sent internally to the company on the subject. pic.twitter.com/B1V34lT9EI
– Emmett Shear (@eshear) June 23, 2020
Now, people are asking for a Twitch blackout for Wednesday 24, asking streamers to stay out of Twitch for 24 hours.
WE ASK A #TWITCHBLACKOUT
In an attempt to get @contraction @eshear take note of:
– sexual harassment, assault and rape
We ask streamers of all sizes to FEEL STAY ON WED 06/24 12: 00-23: 59
– 🔴LIVE🔴Third Artifact #BIM (@third_artifact) June 22, 2020
Others are going further by committing to cancel their current Twitch subscriptions and donate directly to streamers, without giving Twitch money through subscriptions or bits.
This whole month.
I will cancel all my subtitles and not provide any bits on Twitch.
I will make a donation to all my streamer friends DIRECTLY.
Want a real #twitchblackout? It will be like this.
Stop giving them money until things REALLY change.
– Y O S H 🧢 #BlackLivesMatter (@ItsYoshh) June 22, 2020
While the movement focuses on allegations that Twitch partners and affiliates have used their position to abuse women, the people involved are also concerned about the amount of racism, homophobia and transphobia that is often not controlled by large streamers. names.
In the past, Twitch has banned reports from streamers whose abuse has been investigated and accused by authorities, such as Thomas Cheung, who was arrested after an undercover sting in Atlanta to catch child predators. However, these punishments have not always been severe across the board.
In December 2018, Australian streamer MrDeadMoth was arrested and charged with assault after appearing to attack his partner during a Twitch live stream. Despite the arrest, however, MrDeadMoth was initially only granted a 14-day suspension by Twitch, which was later extended in response to community protests.
Even though parts of the community are calling for a blackout, Twitch is definitely preparing for an influx of new streamers after Microsoft announced the end of Mixer. Twitch has extended the olive branch to streamers left without a platform, with a tweet addressed to the Mixer community.