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IRL streamer Hitch has strangest interaction with random bystander

Published: 20/Oct/2019 0:39 Updated: 20/Oct/2019 1:22

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Twitch streamer Trevor ‘Hitch’ Daneliuk had one of the weirdest encounters with a bystander while IRL broadcasting in Malaysia.

Hitch is currently traveling across Asia, hitching rides from random strangers to travel from one place to the next.

While in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 18, the IRL streamer had a rather bizarre brush with a bystander that left him baffled as to what the encounter meant.

Instagram: @hitch_liveThe IRL streamer hitchhikes across the world, and meets many different people.
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Strange IRL interaction

While sitting down to eat his lunch, the 25-year-old was suddenly fronted with a random man appearing behind him, clearly fascinated by the camera.

While the streamer didn’t quite notice he had company at first, he soon realized once the person had gotten close to his head, after which he waved to the stranger.

The man waved back and nodded, before pointing to the camera and making a hand gesture in front of his eyes that appeared to be binoculars. He then pointed to his elbow – an action that Hitch then mimicked – before nodding again and walking off.

The Canadian burst into absolute hysterics at the situation, wondering what on Earth had just happened to him. “I just liked that that whole interaction was non-verbal!”

(Mobile viewers, click here for the clip.)

While the streamer is no stranger to bizarre encounters, it comes as no surprise that he’s bound to meet all sorts of weird and wonderful people across his travels.

His Instagram bio shows just how far he’s journeyed across the planet, boasting a whopping 32 countries and over 1,500 hitchhiking rides – no small feat, especially for someone who relies solely on strangers to get around.

Hitch’s travels have attracted widespread attention online, and he’s amassed over 72,000 followers on Twitch as of the time of writing.

While many people might not entertain the idea of hitching a ride with a random person themselves, it just goes to show that many are still curious about it because of how unexpected it can be.

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Twitch accused of hypocrisy after permanently banning streamer for their account age

Published: 24/Jan/2021 18:10 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 18:14

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After streamer AverageHarry was permanently banned because his account was created when he was under 13, Twitch viewers have pointed out that other streamers in a similar position have not faced the same consequences.

Twitch regularly faces scrutiny over their moderation decisions and bans for streamers, which often spark confusion over what exactly the rules allow.

The DMCA drama from October left many big streamers stripping their channels of content in fear of a takedown, and Twitch’s TOS policy change that restricted the use of words like ‘simp’ left streamers in fear of breaking the rules unintentionally.

15-year-old streamer AverageHarry was denied Twitch partnership earlier in January due to the fact that he made his account before the age of 13, after waiting 72 days for a response to his application.

While that was already a pretty tough blow, things were made worse when, on January 23, he was perma-banned. He clarified on Twitter that: “I am allowed to make another account, but I have just lost nearly 90k followers.”

But now Twitch users are noticing some inconsistencies in Twitch’s decision to ban Harry, as popular streamers, with millions of followers, also made their account when under 13 – but have not faced bans.

One user pointed out that hugely popular 16-year-old streamer TommyInnit had his account when he was only 11, but has not faced the same issues in terms of partner status and bans. The user called it “gross hypocrisy” from Twitch.

Tommyinnit’s Twitch account was made when he was 11 years old. Gross hypocrisy from Twitch or what? from r/LivestreamFail

Another commenter pointed out that several Fortnite streamers are all in a similar position, with some of them having likely started their accounts when they were under the age of 13. Streamer ONSCREEN highlighted a list of streamers with millions of followers, all of whom made accounts when younger than 13 – some as young as 10.

If Twitch followed through on bans for all of the streamers who made their account when they were below 13, even if they have since surpassed that age, it would certainly spell bad news for a lot of large communities on the site.

However, it is also possible that there are conditions within the Twitch TOS that are accounting for these discrepancies, meaning some streamers are still permitted to keep their account according to the rules, even if they made their account before the age of 13.

The reason for the 13-year-old age limit is linked to COPPA laws, which aim to protect young people online. In 2019, Google and YouTube had to pay a record $170 million to settle allegations of COPPA laws.

Harry revealed that he only signed up for Twitch two months before he turned 13, saying: “I spent 2 years and nearly 2000 hours streamed just for it to be taken away because I signed up 2 months early.”

Fans of Harry are now looking to Twitch for answers regarding the confusing situation.

AverageHarry makes new Twitch account

As he was allowed to do, AverageHarry has now made a new Twitch account, and asked for his fans to follow him there.

Within 24 hours of opening the account, he has already accrued 3,700 followers, and will be gunning to hit five figures soon. But, getting back to his original 90,000 will prove a challenge.