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Twitch apologizes after mistakenly banning Viperous for ‘hateful slur’

Published: 13/Nov/2019 12:50 Updated: 13/Nov/2019 13:32

by Calum Patterson


Twitch has apologized after ‘mistakenly’ banning streamer ‘Viperous’, believing she had used a racial slur on stream, before it was later revealed she had actually said “nerd”.

On November 8, Viperous discovered that her account had been handed a seven-day suspension after a clip surfaced in which she called an opponent in an online game a ‘nerd’, but it was claimed she had actually used a racial slur.

Due to the lack of clarity in the audio, Twitch at first also believed that she had used hateful language, and was quick to issue the punishment to her channel.

On November 12 however, four days after her initial ban, Twitch lifted the suspension, explaining that it had been a “mistake” on their part.

Instagram: sincellasViperous was given a 7-day ban for saying “nerd”, after she was misheard.

Viperous had immediately hit out at Twitch after being suspended, asking: “Why am I getting banned for something I didn’t even do?”

Initially, there was no response from Twitch, but it appears that on review, they have reversed their decision, and reinstated her channel on November 12.

Viperous also thanked fellow streamer Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo for his help, presumably getting in touch with Twitch through his own channels to assist in the mixup that had resulted in the ban.

To help get her channel back up and running and gaining some momentum, DrLupo went a step further and gifted 100 subscriptions to Viperous.

It’s not the first time that Twitch has mistakenly banned a user after mishearing them, with popular League of Legends broadcaster TFBlade banned for saying the word “idiots”.

In his case, the suspension was eventually lifted, after Team Liquid stepped in and contacted Twitch on Blade’s behalf, but no public apology was ever given.

Another streamer was similarly banned for hateful speech after saying “yikers”, which was also misheard as a racial slur.

Given these numerous examples, streamers will be hoping that Twitch can be more careful in future to definitively ascertain what was said, considering microphone and audio quality can often mislead.


Pokimane responds to transphobia accusations after Discord DMs emerge

Published: 29/Nov/2020 2:15

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Pokimane has been accused of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist after a mod tried to blame her for discriminating against a trans girl, but she apologized and maintained her innocence.

Iman ‘Pokimane’ Anys is normally in the spotlight for the right reasons. However, she’s been caught up in drama lately after leaked documents about her relationship with Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan surfaced.

Pokimane denied the allegations, and it looked like smooth sailing from here on out. But now, another incident has surfaced. It’s a serious one that has thrown her into drama yet again.

Pokimane discord transphobic drama
Pokimane has been caught up in one drama after another lately.

Pokimane’s official Discord server has a role exclusive to girls, but users can’t get it unless they confirm their gender by speaking in voice chat. It’s supposed to be a failsafe way to stop male viewers from pretending to be females for trolling purposes.

However, a mod rejected a trans girl from the role. He claimed he was following orders and deflected the blame onto Pokimane. Apparently, the trans girl persisted, which ultimately lead to being banned from the server.

This sparked an uproar on social media. Some people even accused Pokimane of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF). Fortunately, she responded quickly and assured fans that everybody is welcome in her community.

“I’m looking into this with said mod/proof of the conversation that was held between them,” she said. [I] will [also] contact SHSLChris directly to resolve this and to assure she is welcomed properly.”

“Anyone in my community should be welcomed with open arms no matter what gender/sexuality,” she added. “I’m so sorry if anyone was made to feel otherwise, especially by a mod. That is not okay, and I’ll make sure it’s properly handled.”

“Furthermore, I’ve unmodded the person in question,” she said, implying that he acted independently.

“Again, I’m so sorry for this interaction, as it is not something I reinforce/a rule of mine, and is far from representative of my personal opinions, as I truly support the trans community.”

The key takeaway is the mod appears to have acted or interpreted the rules in his own way, and has since been unmodded.

Pokimane also maintained her innocence and claimed she is in full support of the trans community. Whether the affected user will accept her invite back into the Discord remains to be seen.