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The World record for Twitter Retweets has been broken

Published: 7/Jan/2019 11:23 Updated: 7/Jan/2019 11:52

by Matt Porter

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A Japanese billionaire has set a new world record on Twitter, with a post from Saturday, January 5 becoming the most retweeted tweet of all time.

The tweet was posted by Yusaku Maezawa, who is the founder of Japanese online clothing retailer Zozo Inc, although the businessman first became famous in his homeland as the drummer of a punk band called Switch Style.

Maezawa came to the attention of western media in 2018, when he paid to become the first private passenger to be flown to the Moon by Elon Musk and SpaceX, a trip which is set to take place in 2023.

SpaceXMaezawa will become the first private passenger to fly to the moon on a SpaceX craft.

While the Japanese businessman is well known, it was an incentive included in his tweet that propelled his post to the top of the record books, with anyone who retweeted it eligible to win a cash prize from Maezawa himself.

Posted in Japanese, the tweet appears to celebrate Maezawa’s Zozotown website earning 10 billion yen over the holiday season, and the founder offered to share 100 million yen ($925,000; £725,000) among 100 people, selected at random, who shared the tweet.

People were clearly excited to be in with a shot at winning some cash, with the tweet being retweeted over 4.8 million times by hopefuls at time of writing.

Maezawa’s tweet has surged into top spot in the list of most retweeted posts, surpassing American Carter Wilkerson’s tweet from May 2017.

The teenager had asked fast food chain Wendy’s how many retweets he would need to earn free chicken nuggets for a year, with Wilkerson eventually hitting 3.5 million retweets, but falling well short of the 18 million the franchise had stated.

Wendy’s did give him free nuggets for a year as a reward for his efforts, but he’ll no longer be able to boast about having the most retweeted post on the platform.

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Twitch streamer banned after being denied partnership over age

Published: 23/Jan/2021 5:00 Updated: 23/Jan/2021 5:52

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Twitch streamer AverageHarry has been permanently banned after his partnership application was denied, and they discovered he allegedly signed up while under the age of 13.

AverageHarry has been through a bit of a roller-coaster ride lately. It started back in October 2020 when a video of him getting mocked by strangers and crying on stream went viral.

Since then, his popularity skyrocketed, and he applied to become a Twitch partnered streamer. However, the application was denied in January 2021 after discovering he made the account when he was less than 13 years old, which didn’t align with his account details.

But the drama doesn’t end there. Twitch also said he could lose access to his account because of the restriction. Now, it appears they have doubled down on that claim and made it happen.

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Twitch: AverageHarry
AverageHarry went viral after some strangers laughed at him in public while he was streaming.

“I have just been permabanned on Twitch,” said AverageHarry. “For anyone wondering, this is why. He shared a previous tweet, which included a screenshot of the email he received when they denied his application.

“You’ve listed your age as 15, although this doesn’t appear to align with your account details,” said Twitch. “Please get in touch with Twitch support in order to see whether you can update your birthday to be accurate. Otherwise, you may need to make a new account with correct details.”

However, AverageHarry hasn’t given up yet. “I’ll have a video out tomorrow talking about it all,” he said. “I am allowed to make another account, but I have just lost nearly 90k followers.”

He might try and have the ban overturned, which could happen if enough people rally behind him. And it seems like they are, with many people sharing their support on social media. “He genuinely seemed like a good kid,” wrote one user. “Hope he makes a new account and stuff.”

“That Twitch account was made by his parents and given to him by his parents after he was 13 and provided proof for that,” wrote another. “But [he] still got his account removed. [I] hope the best for him.”

In the end, though, Twitch is treating it as a serious matter and won’t want to set a precedent. So, it will be interesting to see what happens and whether their decision is final.