Three popular Twitch streamers, Steven 'Destiny' Bonell, Hasan 'HasanAbi' Piker and Mychal 'TriHex' Jefferson, have been suspended from the platform after they broadcasted the democratic debate from CNN on their livestreams.
The streamers have been banned for 24 hours, following a DMCA claim from Time Warner, which owns CNN under its WarnerMedia News & Sports arm.
TriHex explains that Twitch was forced to hand out the punishment in response to a legal claim made by Time Warner.
Was DMCA Copyright Strike'd by Time Warner/CNN. It's a 24hr suspension to my Twitch Channel that ends tomorrow night (thankfully).— RIP Etika 🙏 (@trihex) August 1, 2019
As DMCAs work, this wasn't @Twitch doing anything, but a forced reaction due to CNN's legal team.
Modern USA—where politics are private property.
It's unclear if these were the only channels struck down by the ban, as a handful of other channels also streamed the debate.
TriHex at first suggested that the bans were contrary to Twitch's attempts to broaden the content on the platform encourage "progressive coverage of political content".
So much for progressive coverage of political content and diversifying the content Twitch offers.— RIP Etika 🙏 (@trihex) August 1, 2019
Me, @hasanthehun & @ModalSevenths all suspended. More details when I get a bit.
For now, my channel is offline by force...
TriHex was also critical of the 'privatization' of such a crucial political debate, arguing that it should be available widely in the public domain.
(Not in denial that the broadcast isn't CNN's property. But am sad that something *like* Democratic Primary Debates/Coverage can be privatized and AREN'T public somewhere like C-SPAN or generally agreed beneficial to belong to Public Domain)— RIP Etika 🙏 (@trihex) August 1, 2019
Hasan claims that Twitch suspended every partnered channel who had broadcasted the debate, even with their own commentary alongside, due to the DMCA claim.
24 hour ban for the dmca claim :( oh well.— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) August 1, 2019
Fellow streamer Asmongold criticized Time Warner and CNN for the decision to strike the channels streaming their debate, arguing that it impeded the aim of trying to involve more people in the political process.
Imagine trying to involve people in the political process of choosing a president and being DMCA'd by a private corporation— Zack (@Asmongold) August 1, 2019
Great to see late stage capitalism in action
The streamers will have their channels reinstated, but may be left with a strike against their account.
Hasan was banned in July 2019, for using his phone while behind the wheel of his car, while live, but was later unbanned on the same day.
Repeated strikes can lead to increasingly lengthy suspensions, and potentially even a permanent ban from the platform.