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Streamer slams Twitch after "censored" pin-up art leads to second ban

by Meg Bethany Koepp
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Self proclaimed pin-up artist Saruei has hit out at Twitch after being handed a temporary ban for art that the platform deems as “inappropriate.”

The illustrator specialises in art focused around human anatomy, and often broadcasts her drawing process on Twitch for interested fans to follow along.

This is the second time that the French artist has received a suspension on the platform for her work – something that the streaming platform has labelled as too suggestive for its site.

Saruei was handed her first ban on September 17 after she criticized the platform’s supposed “hypocrisy” and “double standards” when it comes to female streamers and her own art.

Twitch: Saruei
Twitch: Saruei
The streamer is well known for her somewhat provocative art.

Banned artist pleads with Twitch

The French illustrator notified fans about her three-day suspension on her Twitter account on November 28 by posting a screenshot of the email the streaming platform had sent her.

“I can't believe I got banned again, it just came out of nowhere since [the] last time I streamed was this Sunday,” she tweeted.

The artist then stated that she’d been making an effort to censor her drawings after her previous suspension: “After getting my first ban, I've been censoring my art even more and I tried my best to make them look more family friendly. Why?”

Saruei went on to say that the temporary ban is like a punch to the gut, and that she is upset because no prior warning was given.

“I am literally crying and shaking,” she said. “I just received the email an hour ago and I have not been given explanations or warnings. It's like a huge punch in the stomach.”

She also stated that she feels as though she’s being “punished” despite always trying her best to abide by the site’s broadcasting rules.

The artist issued a plea to Twitch, and begged the platform to communicate better with her so she can make changes going forward to avoid further suspensions.

“I'm ready to apply any of your rules, but Twitch I beg you: I would like to know what I've been doing wrong so that I can [learn] my lesson,” she tweeted.

“This is my main income, my whole life,” she continued. “Without this work, I don't know what I could become…”

Twitch’s Community Guidelines state that it “restricts content that involves nudity or is sexual in nature” so even though the streamer had taken steps to censor her art, it still fell under violation.

Despite the platform taking issue with her content, Saruei’s work seems to resonate with many as she boasts thousands of followers on her Twitch channel, Instagram, and Twitter pages.