Popular Twitch streamer Dimitri ‘Greekgodx’ Antonatos has apologized after receiving a suspension from the platform, following comments about gender which broke the community guidelines on hateful conduct.
Greekgodx is one of the most popular British streamers on all of Twitch, broadcasting a variety of content from gaming, talk shows, and IRL (in-real-life) streams – amassing almost 900,000 followers.
His streams have been brought to a sudden end though, at least temporarily, after comments he made about gender options on music sharing website SoundCloud.
During a stream in September, Antonatos suggested that SoundCloud was ‘catering to cucks’ by having the options “other” and “prefer not to say” in the gender selection when making an account.
“Fuck off – if you put ‘other’, they should say ‘sorry, SoundCloud is not for you'” Greek said, sparking controversy, as such comments have seen other streamers suspended or even permanently banned from Twitch.
After being banned on September 19, Greekgodx confirmed that his comments about gender were the reason for the punishment, and apologized for any offense he may have caused.
“It was a joke and I’m really sorry to anyone I offended,” the streamer explained, “I didn’t mean to be hurtful or hateful.”
Got banned for a silly comment about gender i just wanted to say it was a joke and i'm really sorry to anyone i offended. i didn't mean to be hurtful or hateful. ill update u guys on how long the ban is for when i can.
— Dimitri (@GGXupdates) September 19, 2019
The reason for the ban likely falls under Twitch’s community guidelines on “hateful conduct”, which prohibits any content or activities that “promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence” based on gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.
“Any hateful conduct is considered a zero-tolerance violation,” Twitch states. “We will take action on all accounts associated with such conduct with a range of enforcement actions, including and up to indefinite suspension.”
The length of Greek’s ban has not been confirmed, although because it is not his first suspension it could be a longer period. Twitch bans typically run either 24 hours, three days, seven days or 30 days, with severe violations earning a permanent ban.
He has fallen foul of the platform’s rules in the past, previously in April 2018 after a photoshopped image of another streamer lying nude was displayed on his broadcast.