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DJWheat explains reasoning behind Twitch’s most notable bannings

Published: 10/Apr/2019 23:52 Updated: 16/Apr/2020 16:29

by Virginia Glaze

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As one of the most popular online streaming platforms, Twitch has seen its fair share of issues in regards to offensive content and censorship – which Twitch exec djWHEAT explained during an episode of the Dexerto Talk Show on April 8.

Twitch has undergone scrutiny for its handling of problematic situations that inevitably arise during live streams, such as the banning of one streamer for using the term “mongoloid” when he didn’t understand the word’s offensive connotation.

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While the streamer later spoke out on the issue to clarify his lack of knowledge on the term, he was still banned for a 30-day period, inciting outrage from users across the internet.

Twitch’s widespread moderation

Twitch’s Director of Creator Development, Marcus ‘djWheat’ Graham, addressed the issue in a conversation with Esports caster Richard Lewis, who brought up several of the platform’s more notable controversies – including streamer Hasan Piker’s ban for showing a documentary of the tragic Columbine shooting during a broadcast in early February.

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“You can’t have robots doing it all, and also when you bring the humans into it… I totally appreciate that it is probably one of the most difficult things that any company on the internet [can do],” djWHEAT said of moderation on the platform. “Moderation on a mass scale is ridiculous.”

[Timestamp: 36:45 for mobile viewers]

Making transparency a priority

djWHEAT himself is an outspoken proponent for increased transparency on the site, stating that it could drastically improve relations with its community in regards to issues such as confusing bans.

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“I personally would love to see more transparency,” he continued. “ I think transparency is the one thing that will get a community to at least be like, ‘Oh, okay, well you gave us a reason so we’re not making one up.’ Even if the reason is not the greatest.”

Misayi, TwitterdjWHEAT serves as Twitch’s Director of Creator Development, and has a storied history in bringing esports to the forefront of modern entertainment.https://twitter.com/misayi/status/648892229323362305

Lewis likewise questioned djWHEAT on some users’ theories that moderators have an “inherent bias” toward high-profile streamers on the platform, such as Greekgodx’s take on why Alinity has managed to stay on the site – despite her multiple slip-ups.

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“I won’t say it was the lack of a system, but I will say that this is where I feel like transparency is king,” djWHEAT said of the issue – specifically referring to Piker’s ban. “…That process is something that will probably still take years and years and years to build, and can it really be perfected anyway?

While it’s likely that no system of enforcing rules on Twitch will ever be perfect, djWHEAT has assured viewers that they are striving for that goal, and ultimately seek to find an appropriate balance in the process.

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Thomas Petrou slams Bryce Hall’s accusations of stealing from Hype House

Published: 9/Oct/2020 1:00

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok stars Thomas Petrou and Bryce Hall have sparked quite the feud after Hall accused Petrou — co-founder of the Hype House — of stealing money from his own content creators.

It’s no secret that the Hype House and the Sway House aren’t on friendly terms, with the two getting into a fierce beef throughout this past year (remember that time the Sway boys drove to the Hype House to confront Chase Hudson?).

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While Hall has confirmed that their feud with the Hype House is definitely real, it seems that he’s going “full send” on his distaste for the group by accusing co-founder Thomas Petrou of outright stealing money from the HH’s content creators.

During an interview with Tom Ward on October 8, Hall made some serious claims about Petrou’s business practices, stating that he’d “stolen” money from the TikTokers working underneath the content collective.

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“I’ll say it — he steals money,” Hall stated. “He steals money from those kids. These kids are — I love a lot of people in the Hype House, but they are not the smartest people. …maybe not now, because I haven’t talked to them in four or five months, and maybe somebody said something to him, but he, at the beginning, was stealing money for sure.”

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Hall’s claims didn’t go unnoticed; Petrou responded to the accusations shortly thereafter, denying having ever stolen money from those in the Hype House in a pointed Instagram reply on a tea page.

“That’s a complete lie,” he wrote. “I’ve never taken a percentage of anyone in the Hype House. Ask everyone who’s a part of it. The whole reason I started this was to help the people around me make sure they weren’t getting taken advantage of by their managers and agents.”

Thomas Petrou denies Bryce Hall's allegations of stealing money from Hype House creators.

This isn’t the first time Hall has struck out at Petrou in recent days, either; the Sway House TikToker also slammed Thomas’s spending habits, claiming that he “spends his money like an idiot” on pricey cars instead of saving up wisely.

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For now, it doesn’t look like there’s any love lost between these two social media stars as things continue to escalate between two of TikTok’s biggest creators.