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Has Mitch Jones been shadow banned on Twitch?

Published: 19/Nov/2019 17:11

by Connor Bennett

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Fans of popular streamer Mitch Jones were left confused after seeing that his channel wasn’t showing up on Twitch when he went in search of it.

Mitch Jones has, traditionally, been one of Twitch’s most popular streamers – varying his content from IRL streams to playing games at home.

Since he started streaming on the platform eight years ago, Jones has amassed over 415,000 followers but more recently, he’s been at odds with Twitch. Back in October, he lost his partner status and considered leaving to do something else before being convinced by Summit1G to stick around.

Yet, he’s now uncovered an apparent new issue with Twitch as he found that he couldn’t find his channel on the directory or search pages. 

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Mitch Jones, Twitch
Mitch Jones varies his content between home streams and IRL antics.

During his November 18 stream, Jones had been playing Blizzard’s World of Warcraft when he backed out to the Twitch directory and started looking for his own channel.

As he headed to the game’s own section of the platform, he was stunned to find himself not appearing. “I’m not here,” he called out, while scrolling his mouse between the top few channels. “Why? What in the f**k dude. This is ridiculous bro.”

One viewer pointed out that he should try and search his name to see if he was showing up there, so the streamer obliged. However, even when he did, his channel still didn’t appear – leaving his with arm outstretched and a bemused look on his face. 

Now, of course, the reason for what Jones’ channel wasn’t appearing is unclear, but it is no doubt a strange situation to witness, especially as he claimed it has been happening for a while. 

After showing it off via his stream, the streamer even went to Twitter to ask Twitch support as to why his channel was being “unlisted” after going live.

When Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek left Twitch for Mixer back at the end of October, his channel fell into a similar predicament, as it was no longer findable via the search function. However, after fans noticed this issue, it didn’t take long for his channel to return.

Whether or not Jones’ channel has been ‘shadow banned’ by the livestreaming platform, at least on his end, remains unknown, but as of writing, the account can be found by searching for it. 

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FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.