Long time Twitch streamer Mohamad "m0E" Assad has been handed an indefinite ban from the platform, resulting from his reported use of a homophobic slur.
Amazon-owned website Twitch has been cracking down recently on what it calls "hateful conduct", having issued a similar ban to another popular streamer "Destiny" in recent days.
m0E, best known for streaming a variety of games including CS:GO and Fortnite, and was previously a professional Counter-Strike player gained popularity (or notoriety - depending on who you ask) for his often rage-filled broadcasts.
He is a charismatic character and so it is no wonder he has attracted many loyal fans, but in equal measure has his detractors, who m0E has suggested started a "witch hunt" resulting in his ban.
m0E was open in his admission of using the homophobic term in a recent apology posted to Twitter, saying he had made efforts to curb using the word, as it had become a habit of sorts.
He has now deleted this apology tweet after it received considerable backlash, which he says surprised him.
I never thought me saying i want to stop saying a certain word would get so much backlash from the ppl that take offense to the word... Im trying to do the right thing. Arguing that i shouldnt of said it before like i can change the past.. grow the fuck up— mOE (@m0E_tv) June 29, 2018
On July 1st, m0E posted the message he received from Twitch confirming his ban, followed up by a string of posts explaining his disgruntlement at the decision.
Nice i guess never getting any formal warnings in the past about "hateful behavior" even tho i already made a commitment to change my vocabulary. How do i appeal this ? pic.twitter.com/BhVjcQbcos— mOE (@m0E_tv) July 1, 2018
I got an email from twitch partner conduct when i reply to that email it doesnt go through. So i cant even contact partner conduct to understand how they want about this decision. I feel like i was just part of a reddit witchhunt...— mOE (@m0E_tv) July 1, 2018
I guess any witchhunt on reddit can get u banned. Good to know— mOE (@m0E_tv) July 1, 2018
Surprisingly, m0E also posted the clip which has apparently led to his ban. He explains that he wants to stop saying the word, but also that it is "one of his favorite words of all time."
Considering Twitch's recent crackdown, it is unsurprising m0E was eventually banned for the contents of the clip, regardless if it was brought the website's attention due to the "witch hunt" as he suggests.
This is the clip twitch sent me as the reason for my ban. https://t.co/9jcfSUuuzh i dnt know what to say. I dnt feek like i did anything hateful there. I was being transparent ablut saying the word and said i will try and stop saying it. But this gets you an indefinite ban.— mOE (@m0E_tv) July 1, 2018
*Update - m0E has now posted on Twitter stating that it is a 30 day ban, presumably having been in contact with Twitch, but says he still doesn't view the ruling as fair.
I guess its a 30 day ban. Still with no warning i dnt think its fair.— mOE (@m0E_tv) July 1, 2018