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Bodypaint streamer hits out at Twitch after being indefinitely banned

by Michael Gwilliam

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A Twitch streamer received an indefinite banfrom the platform due to a February 13 broadcast, leaving her questioning the site’s stance on bodypainting.

Taking to Twitter, bodypainting broadcaster "forkgirl" posted a photo of what she looked like when Twitch banned her account.

As evidenced by her photo, the streamer was in the process of painting her body to mimic the attire of an anime character, and had only covered her upper body before getting banned.

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“I don't even know what to say, I'm just so sad and disappointed,” she remarked. “I'm within TOS, and I still haven't heard back from my appeal from JUNE.”

Back in June 2019, Forkgirl was hit with a twenty-four-hour ban during a bodypaint stream and sent an appeal to Twitch. According to the streamer, she has yet to hear back, even more than half a year later.

While the streamer did not indicate which of Twitch’s rules she had supposedly broken, it’s suggested that the bodypainting itself was the issue.

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Section 9 i of Twitch’s prohibited content policies under terms of service state that users will not: “create, upload, transmit, distribute, or store any content that is inaccurate, unlawful, infringing, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, harassing, threatening, abusive, inflammatory, or otherwise objectionable.”

However, according to forkgirl, she begins all streams with just her shoulders up until her chest is covered. “My chest isn’t on stream until it has pasties, multiple layers of liquid latex, and chest painted,” she wrote.

In 2018, during a community guidelines stream, Twitch themselves stated that bodypainting was allowed, so there is a lot of confusion among viewers as to what the problem is, what rules were broken, and why some bodypainting streams are allowed while others are not.

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Forkgirl has created many bodypaints over the years for characters such as Harley Quinn, Super Girl, The Flash, Cassandra from Soul Calibur, Overwatch’s D.va and more.

Dexerto reached out to forkgirl for comment but did not hear back by press time.