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Entertainment • Aug 22, 2019

Korean models unbanned from Twitch after controversial pool stream

Korean models unbanned from Twitch after controversial pool stream
Twitch: sooflower

Four Korean models who were banned from livestreaming platform Twitch have had their accounts reinstated, following a social media storm caused by their controversial NSFW streams.

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Their 'risque' poolside stream on August 18 garnered significant attention, as the four models, ‘sooflower’, ‘addielyn9’, ‘chobiman0125’ and ‘damicos’, undressed to their bikinis and performed various activities and dances around the pool.

The broadcast quickly skyrocketed to the top of Twitch's "Just Chatting" category, peaking at over 28,986 viewers, before staff took action, banning all four women from the platform.

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The controversial stream earned all four models a suspension.

The broadcast was only streamed on sooflower's channel, but the ban was handed out to all four of the models on their respective channels too.

Although the stream content was undoubtedly suggestive, the decision to ban the models was controversial, as users on social media pointed out that they were far from the first to do bikini-clad pool streams.

The ban only lasted three days, however, and all four channels are now available again on the platform. Sooflower's channel now has over 50,000 followers - up from 19,000 before the controversial stream. Surprisingly, some clips from the August 18 pool stream are still available.

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Following the ban, sooflower updated her new fans on Instagram, thanking them for the high viewership, and confirming the ban was only set at three days.

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After the channels were reinstated, debate continued over Twitch's ruling, with some arguing the ban was too soft, while others pointed out that other streamers had escaped bans for poolside-bikini streams of their own.

Although they are unbanned, the streamers will likely have a community guidelines strike against their channel. Subsequent strikes can lead to more lengthy bans, even a permanent ban if multiple strikes are given.

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