Twitch gamer and debater Steven “Destiny” Bonnell II has been hit with a 30 day ban for violating the “hateful conduct” section of the Twitch Terms of Service.
The website has paid more attention to hateful conduct on their platform, taking action against a number of top partners, including an indefinite suspension for Mohamad “m0E” Assad.
Unlike m0E, who is certain that a homophobic slur was the reason for his ban, Destiny is unsure of the cause of his penalty. In an attempt to clear the air and talk about his next steps in the wake of the Twitch ban, Destiny posted a Q&A segment on his YouTube channel.
"I don’t know what the actual reason for my ban was, in terms of what weighed more. I was given two reasons for the ban, the first thing was because I called the one dude a bad word."
Destiny would not repeat the words out of fear of getting in further trouble with Twitch, but he implied they are common words used to insult the LGBT and handicapped communities.
The other reason for his suspension involved a conversation with his mother, where he made comments about shooting Cubans and other Hispanic immigrants on their way to the United States.
“Of those two things, I don’t know which one was worse. I’ve heard from two separate people now in Twitch that the f-word didn’t matter that much, it was more the Cuban thing. I don’t know. If that is true, it kind of makes me want to come back and say black people aren’t allowed to say the N-word anymore."
Destiny has a Cuban heritage, so he was not expecting those comments to be what got flagged.
The resulting punishments have caused Destiny to move all of his political content and debates over to YouTube, stating Twitch is no longer the place for him to do that.
"I hate to think about it this way, but.... maybe two streams a day where I start on YouTube and we do political stuff and then I move to Twitch and try not to talk about political stuff."
His Twitch partnership, which can monitor his behavior on other platforms, may be an issue as he transitions over to YouTube. Destiny brings up several concerns with his partnership throughout the video, even regretting the decision to partner with Twitch at one point.
"If I was doing a contract with Twitch today, I either wouldn’t be a partner, or I would renegotiate [off platform conduct] out of it. I would never sign a contract like this."
"I don’t let other people tell me how to speak or talk, that’s why I don’t carry sponsorships, it’s why I never signed away my IP to other people… I try not to sign exclusivity deals unless a lot of money is involved. If these new Terms of Service existed [when I signed], I would not be a Twitch partner."
Destiny repeats his dissatisfaction a number of times throughout the video, with the main issue being Twitch’s evolving Terms.
For Destiny’s full explanation on what is happening with his move over to YouTube, check out the video (which contains explicit language) below.