Twitch streamer Pokimane has been caught up in controversy to start off 2019, after other YouTubers, including PewDiePie, called her out on various issues.
One YouTuber, Fainted, made a now viral video titled ‘The Dark Side of Pokimane’, which now has over 3 million views, and helped boost his channel from only 500 subscribers to over 180,000.
Fainted’s video focused on Pokimane’s on-stream conversation with a YouTuber named ‘davcev’, who admitted to using her content and sensationalist titles to attract viewers to his channel.
Pokimane was criticized for claiming she would file copyright strikes on Davcev’s channel, as well as displaying and mocking his instagram page live on her stream.
Pokimane responded to both Fainted and PewDiePie’s video later, but some fans were not satisfied that she had addressed all the criticisms made, and so had now completed an interview with Fainted himself.
The pair discuss various issues which they had with each other’s video, as Pokimane attempts to touch on any points made in the ‘Dark Side’ video she missed, including the debate around showing the Instagram page on stream.
Pokimane claims, contrary to popular belief, that her fans did not in fact brigade Davcev’s profile with hate comments, as Fainted suggested they would.
“Nobody, as far as I know, I checked some of his pics, and none of my viewers said anything to him. And that’s because in general, I don’t promote that kind of thing, nor would I allow that kind of thing.”
The streamer does admit however that she was wrong to have had the conversation with Davcev publicly, and restated that it was caused by a ‘moment of frustration.”
As for the copyright strike of another video by ‘Bowblax’, which was a compilation of a Twitter dispute between Pokimane and KEEMSTAR, the streamer is adamant that she was within her right to have the video taken down.
“I have triple checked with my MCN, and they are very firm on the fact that it was not fair use. […] I understand that that system gets abused, and it can affect channels really negatively. I want to stand up for videos that are transformative and are fair use.”
You can watch Pokimane’s full interview with Fainted and Bowblax below.