Chess GM Hikaru slams Alexandra Botez for miscategorizing Twitch streams

Published: 28/Jul/2020 17:35 Updated: 28/Jul/2020 18:05

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer and chess master Hikaru ‘GMHikaru’ Nakamura called out fellow chess player Alexandra Botez for broadcasting in the “Just Chatting” category as opposed to “Chess.”

During a July 27 broadcast, the popular steamer was looking through chess’s Twitch statistics and noticed there were as many as 10,000 viewers not showing up in the chess directory.

According to Hikaru, this was happening because Botez was streaming chess in the “Just Chatting” category, completely skewing the actual numbers.

“When you have advertisers or sponsors looking to the chess directory and thinking about say sponsoring PogChamps 2 or other possible events, what it does is the numbers aren’t reflective of the number of people watching chess,” the five-time US Chess champion explained.

PogChamps is a Twitch chess tournament where popular streamers such as xQc and Forsen compete against each other for a cash prize. The second installment, beginning August 21, will also feature Game of Thrones’ star Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.

Hikaru continued to call Botez’s streams “an issue” that could potentially affect chess events on Twitch simply because sponsors won’t be seeing the real numbers.

“You are going to look at the chess directory at the end of the day,” he added. “That is the main point.”

Hikaru did admit, however, that streamers are likely to get more viewers by streaming in “Just Chatting,” which affects chess “as a whole.”

“I think that is certainly something that is not good for the game,” he said. “It’s her choice? I mean, technically I guess it is. But when you see people like xQc switch to chess when he plays chess, it does strike me as a little bit odd.”

According to the third-party Twitch stat-tracking site Twitchmetrics, Hikaru is the most-watched chess channel on the platform. Meanwhile, Botez is the second most-watched English Just Chatting channel.

Hikaru and Botez are both due to be working together doing commentary on PogChamps 2.


That Vegan Teacher responds to TikTok ban for alleged “community violations”

Published: 24/Feb/2021 0:48 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 0:50

by Jacob Hale


Notorious TikTok vegan That Vegan Teacher has created a video response after being banned on the platform for allegedly violating several community guidelines.

That Vegan Teacher, real name Kadie Karen Diekmeyer, has clocked up around 1.5m followers on the app and is known for her very firm vegan beliefs, which she frequently preaches on the app.

She’s also had several run-ins with other top names — including, notably, Minecraft sensation 16-year-old TommyInnit, whose fans bombarded her with hate comments after she suggested someone help him feel more comfortable around girls.

Now, after rumors that she had been arrested in January 2021 (which was proven false), she seems to have been banned from the app altogether.

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TikTok: thatveganteacher
ThatVeganTeacher has been a divisive figure on TikTok.

Why was That Vegan Teacher banned on TikTok?

At the time of writing, there’s no clear explanation as to why That Vegan Teacher has been banned on TikTok, with neither her nor TikTok coming out with an explanation.

While the reason hasn’t been confirmed, a disclaimer on her TikTok profile suggests it’s due to multiple Community Guidelines violations.

This could be any number of things, so it’s impossible to speculate on what exactly the violations could be, and we’ll have to wait for official confirmation before reporting it. According to TikTok’s guidelines though, her misdemeanor could fall under any of these categories:

  • Violent extremism
  • Hateful behavior
  • Illegal activities and regulated goods
  • Violent and graphic content
  • Suicide, self harm and dangerous acts
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Adult nudity and sexual activities
  • Minor safety
  • Integrity and authenticity
  • Platform security
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That Vegan Teacher’s TikTok now shows no followers, likes or posts.

That Vegan Teacher has in the past had her videos reacted to by top celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay, who didn’t seem her biggest fan, and Russell Brand for her divisive takes.

That Vegan Teacher responds to her TikTok ban

A short time later, That Vegan Teacher created a video response to the situation, which she uploaded to YouTube with all comments and likes/dislikes turned off.

In her video, the controversial TikToker accused her critics of being “scared” of telling kids “the truth” about veganism, and alleged that her ban was the work of “veganphobic” users. In her video description, she also alleged that her home had been “attacked” by critics, who left “dead animal parts” on her front door and – even purportedly doxed her personal information.

That’s not all; some TikTokers believe that Vegan Teacher may have started using a new TikTok account, although these rumors have yet to be fully verified at the time of writing.

Previously, she has drawn comparisons between animal cruelty and atrocities such as the Holocaust, which is likely a large contributor to why TikTok users would report her and the platform would ultimately kick her off.