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Twitch ban streamer after viewer sends racist text-to-speech donation

Published: 21/May/2019 14:12 Updated: 21/May/2019 16:11

by Calum Patterson


Twitch have handed partnered streamer Alfie a 24-hour suspension from the platform, after a viewer sent a donation which repeated a racial slur using the text-to-speech function.

Text-to-speech (TTS) allows users to have their donation message read aloud by software, meaning viewers can hear the message without the streamer themselves having to repeat it.

It has long been used on Twitch to comedic effect, but trolls also use the feature in an attempt to broadcast rude, or even racist, messages on a streamer’s channel.

Alfie is best known as a RuneScape streamer on Twitch, with over 140,000 followers.

There are tools available to prevent this, such as word filters, but are easy to circumvent, as one donator managed on Alfie’s stream, resulting in what sounded like the ‘n word’ being blasted loudly, and repeatedly, on stream.

Irrespective that it was the donator to blame, Twitch holds streamers responsible for preventing such content on their channel, but with Alfie apparently out of the room at the time, he claims it was not possible, as he wasn’t aware.

He states that upon returning to his setup, he was apologetic for “5 minutes straight”, but Twitch has deemed his inaction and failure to stop the TTS donation worthy of a temporary suspension.

Angered by Twitch’s decision, Alfie called it a “new low”, and argued that it “gives power” to the racist trolls, whose intention is the very outcome of this situation – the streamer facing punishment.

Alfie’s channel is set to be reinstated on May 21, but it will count as a ‘first strike’ of sorts, with any subsequent violations of community guidelines typically resulting in longer bans.

Twitch has come in for criticism already in May, after two streamers, TFBlade and Pink Ward, were both handed 30 day bans for hate speech, but both say they were misheard.

In TFBlade’s case, he claimed he said ‘idiot’s, not the n word, and although his ban was reduced to seven days and then eventually overturned, Twitch did not issue a public apology. 

Similarly, Pink Ward claims he said the word ‘yikers’, and not the racial slur – his ban remains at the full 30 days at the time of writing.


AOC makes history on Twitch with her first-ever Among Us stream

Published: 21/Oct/2020 6:33

by Brad Norton


Just one day following the announcement that U.S. politician Alexandria ‘AOC’ Ocasio-Cortez would be streaming on Twitch, her very first Among Us broadcast shattered expectations as one of the most-watched events to date.

The Amazon-owned streaming platform has seen a number of historic moments of the years in gaming culture. From groundbreaking Fortnite streams between Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Drake, to Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek’s enormous return. Now, AOC has penciled in her spot among the history books too. 

After an out of the blue tweet on October 19, AOC revealed that she was up to streaming for a good cause. The politician had her sights set on playing Among Us in order to promote proper voting plans ahead of the 2020 Presidential election.

She soon had an all-star lineup of crewmates and imposters as everyone from Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys to Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo lined up to join her. Before she even went live, tens of thousands had followed her account in preparation.

As things kicked off on October 20, her first-ever Twitch stream quickly exploded.

The gaming community gathered together to show support as her viewership skyrocketed. Before the first round even got underway, more than 400,000 viewers had jumped into the channel.

AOC streamed for just over three and a half hours. Among Us was in focus the entire time as she played the mega-popular indie game with a variety of gaming personalities.

Overall viewership peaked at roughly 439,000, though her account also passed the 500,000 follower mark shortly after as well.

It was one of, if not the most-watched Twitch streams from a brand new account.

For her first broadcast ever, it ranks highly among the most successful individual streams of all time. In fact, she’s now fifth overall when it comes to the most-watched streams in Twitch history. 

While major esports competitions and landmark events boast bigger numbers, AOC now sits atop Twitch with one of the biggest solo-streams of all time.

Her first appearance on Twitch one for the history books. Though she also showed off some great Among Us gameplay. Her very first elimination on Pokimane quickly blew up across social media and the hits kept coming throughout the session.

While it may be a one-off event, for the time being, AOC’s Twitch stream was one for the ages. Perhaps it’ll be sooner rather than later before she makes her way back to the spaceship for another Among Us stream.

The Congresswoman did tease another stream too: “Hopefully this isn’t my last!”