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Kaceytron banned on Twitch over "insensitive" coronavirus comment

by Andrew Amos
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Twitch partner ‘Kaceytron’ has been indefinitely suspended on Twitch over an “insensitive” coronavirus comment the Amazon-owned platform deemed to be “hateful conduct.”

Kaceytron has been one of the biggest names in the Twitch Just Chatting section for years. Since starting up her streaming career in 2012, she’s attracted hundreds of thousands of fans.

However, one statement made on stream has seen her taken off the platform, with the streamer receiving an “indefinite” suspension over “hateful conduct.”

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Kaceytron has been banned indefinitely from Twitch.

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Kaceytron was banned on March 17 over comments she made a week earlier regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Appearing on the Rajj podcast on March 11, the streamer made a comment that fell flat with the other participants.

“Yes [we would kiss] and we would leave quarantine and try to spread it as much as possible because the world would be a better place without old and poor people,” Kaceytron said, answering a question on quarantines.

When the other podcast participants reacted negatively to her bold statement, she doubled down, adding that she “said what [she] said.”

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Twitch’s reason for the ban was for “engaging in hateful conduct and threats of violence against a person or group of people,” which is usually attached with bans of up to 30 days.

However, Twitch took decisive action, deplatforming the streamer indefinitely, with the only form of recourse being a ban appeal.

“Any hateful conduct is considered a zero-tolerance violation,” the platform’s guidelines state. “We will take action on all accounts associated with such conduct with a range of enforcement actions, including and up to indefinite suspension.”

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Twitch has a strict zero-tolerance policy for hateful conduct.

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After the ban hammer was laid down, Kaceytron issued an apology to her fans.

“I’ve been indefinitely suspended because of an insensitive comment I made last week,” the streamer said. “I don't condone hatred towards any person and it was a poor reflection of my character. I'm just trying to take this all in right now.

“It was a comment I made on the Rajj show that was uploaded to LSF [/r/livestreamfail]. Obviously it was a joke but that doesn't excuse it. It was in poor taste and my fault.”

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Kaceytron had over 500,000 followers as of March 17. Stats site TwitchTracker also logged the streamer as having 1,452 active subscribers at the moment, which is worth approximately $7,000 a month.

Kaceytron will no longer have access to her Twitch account unless her ban appeal is successful. She has not stated as to whether she will appeal or swap platforms..