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Richard Lewis slams Twitch for inconsistent bans on Trainwrecks podcast

Published: 23/Nov/2019 14:36 Updated: 24/Nov/2019 1:52

by Andy Williams


Richard Lewis has criticized Twitch for supposed inconsistencies in their moderation policy, comparing Alinity with Destiny’s during an episode of Trainwreckstv’s Scuffed Podcast.

Twitch streamers being suspended has always been a hot-topic in the community, particularly throughout 2019. With streamers being temporarily or permanently removed from the platform, Amazon’s streaming service has not been afraid to exercise its right to punish creators in-line with their Terms of Service (ToS) and community guidelines. 

However, as pointed out by veteran esports journalist, Richard Lewis, there appears to be a disparity between the exact punishments being dished out, especially around the length of respective bans.

Amouranth (Twitch).Amouranth was banned for three days after a wardrobe malfunction.

Richard Lewis has been in the spotlight following his speech at the 2019 Esports Awards, after winning Journalist of the Year. 

After withstanding the tremors from his Richter-scaling oration, Lewis was keen to discuss Twitch’s apparent inconsistencies on Tyler ‘Trainwreckstv’ Nikham’s podcast.

The Brit opened with: “We now know [that] Twitch are asleep at the wheel and actually don’t really conduct investigations, and don’t really mete out bans with any rhyme or reason.”

He continued: “It just depends which f**king purple hoodie-wearing intern gets your case across their desk and how they feel that day.”

Lewis then went on to draw comparison between Steven ‘Destiny’ Bonnell and Natalia ‘Alinity’ Mogollon, after Destiny recently received a suspension for skimming over a nude image of fellow Twitch streamer, Alebrelle.

“Case and point, it happened to Steven [Destiny] recently. Banned for accidentally showing the horror show that is Alebrelle playing a piano with his back to everyone like Monty Python – not wearing any clothes – for three seconds,” Richard said. 

“Nothing actually being revealed in the picture […] He takes a three-day ban on the chin for that.”

He contrasted this to an incident on Alinity’s stream showing sexually explicit content, without facing similar repercussions: “Meanwhile, you know, we’ve seen (I think it was) Alinity actually have a raging erect penis on the screen for much longer, and that’s fine… And that’s okay, no ban!”

There have been countless other incidents that have sparked controversy due to Twitch’s handling of the situation. For example, an artist was banned for three days after drawing content that was deemed to be sexually suggestive — yet her channel was partnered for producing the same content.

Meanwhile, body painters (who often appear on-stream with little to no clothing due to the nature of the art) are protected under the community guidelines.

Perhaps most controversially, Twitch has handed out bans on three separate occasions after mistakingly ruling that streamers had used racial slurs, when in fact they had said words like ‘nerds’ and ‘idiots’ and were misheard.


Asmongold defends Forsen after learning the real reason for Twitch ban

Published: 27/Nov/2020 20:11

by Michael Gwilliam


Popular Twitch star ‘Asmongold’ went to bat for fellow streamer Sebastian ‘Forsen’ Fors after the Swede was banned from the platform on November 26.

At first, no one knew the real reason for Forsen’s ban, with some thinking it may have been DMCA-related. However, viewers soon discovered that for a brief moment in a recent broadcast he showed a gif of a horse in a very inappropriate scene.

Despite this, Asmongold decided to stick up for Forsen during his own broadcast and call out Twitch for banning him due to an honest mistake.

“How the f**k is that going to be TOS? If…I don’t understand. You’ve got other people and they’re going around showing Animal Planet,” he explained. “Like you see literal animals killing each other, but you see a horse’s d**k?”

To this, Asmongold makes an interesting point. There are streams on Twitch that document animals in the wild and they can get into some rather freaky situations that, while natural, aren’t exactly the kind of thing you’d show your boss.

“Listen, horses don’t wear clothes, you know that?” the streamer sarcastically stated. “So, if you look at a horse, you’re going to see their d**k. Like, that’s all there is to it. It’s weird, man.”

However, right after making this argument, the streamer learned that it wasn’t just the horse that got Forsen banned, but the girl who was in the gif with the animal that changed the whole conversation. Briefly, anyway.

“Okay, that’s a little bit different,” he confessed. “It’s a little bit more than what I thought it was.”

Despite this, Asmongold still defended Forsen for the mistake of showing the gif. “I don’t think it’s really that big of a deal. You show that for like a second, right? Cause it’s an accident.”

According to the popular World of Warcraft player, one second of footage shouldn’t determine a whole Twitch career. “That seems stupid to me,” he added. “But you know, here we are.”

Unfortunately for Forsen, the streamer says this time, his ban is indefinite and it’s unclear when, if ever, he will be unbanned.

Hopefully, with Asmongold speaking out, Twitch can agree to let this incident slide and let Fors back on the platform so he can stream again.