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Twitch begins banning streamers accused of sexual harassment

Published: 25/Jun/2020 4:23

by Andrew Amos


Twitch has started cracking down on users accused of sexual harassment on their platform, permanently banning streamers in “the most severe cases” and removing global emotes. They are also changing their policies regarding hateful conduct.

Dozens of Twitch streamers have been accused of sexually harassing and abusing other members of the gaming community over the last week. This includes Destiny streamer ‘SayNoToRage’ and Tom ‘Syndicate’ Cassell.

On June 21, the platform issued a statement saying they were working towards making the platform “safer for everyone.” A few days later, they are following through with their promise.

Starting on June 24, Twitch has permanently banned a number of streamers in relation to breaking the platform’s Hateful Conduct policy. This includes Australian streamer Brad ‘BlessRNG’ Jolly, the namesake of the global emote. The emote has also been removed.

“We are reviewing each case that has come to light as quickly as possible, while ensuring appropriate due diligence as we assess these serious allegations,” Twitch said in a statement.

“We’ve prioritized the most severe cases and will begin issuing permanent suspensions in line with our findings immediately.”

They are also looking at updating their Hateful Conduct policies to better protect streamers and viewers while using Twitch. While the majority of accusations have been tied to incidents off platform, Twitch has noted they hold a duty to their community to take action.

“We have work underway including a review of our Hateful Conduct and Harassment policies, enhanced offensive username detection, improvements to AutoMod and our Banned Words list, and other projects focused on reducing harassment and hateful conduct.”

“We acknowledge that we can’t singlehandedly tackle pervasive issues across the gaming and broader internet communities, but we take our responsibility as a service for our community seriously.”

A full list of banned users can be found below. We will update this as more information arises:

  • BlessRNG
  • DreadedCone
  • IAmSp00n
  • WarwitchTV
  • Wolv21

This first ban wave is only the beginning of Twitch’s crackdown of harassment on the platform. In the coming days, weeks, and months, more streamers will be issued permanent suspensions.


Daequan’s first tweet after 6-month hiatus sparks hope for Twitch return

Published: 27/Nov/2020 5:39

by Andrew Amos


Daequan ‘Daequan’ Loco has broken his six-month social media silence in time for Thanksgiving. While the tweet was short and sweet, it has given fans of the former TSM Fortnite star hope for a potential return to Twitch.

Daequan has practically disappeared from the public eye in 2020. He vowed that he’d try to return to Twitch by January 2020 after taking time off to focus on his health, but hasn’t made an appearance on the platform since December 2019.

On top of that, he’s gone quiet on socials, not posting anything since March. While he has moved in with long-time friend and former duo Hamlinz in the meantime, there wasn’t any indication he was coming back to streaming.

However, Daequan has finally broken his silence to give thanks to his fans on Thanksgiving, and tell everyone that he is getting along just fine.

“Feeling better than I have in years. Always thankful,” the short message red, with a selfie of the streamer.

The tweet has gone viral, with over 100,000 fans liking the tweet, and many of his contemporaries sending him messages of support, including TimtheTatman, NICKMERCS, and Classify.

Daequan’s eight-word return has also managed to spark hope in his fanbase of a potential return to streaming. No matter whether it’s Fortnite, or a new game that’s come out in his absence like Valorant, Daequan’s fans are itching to see him back on the platform.

There is potential for a return. Hamlinz has been a bit more active on social media, and Tfue even tried to get him to turn on the stream ⁠— even if just for a day.

No matter what though, Daequan is taking things at his own pace. He’s still on that journey to better health, and will return in his own time when he believes it’s right.

Fans of Daequan will be hoping it’s not another six months until we hear from the TSM Fortnite star again, but only time will tell if he actually commits to returning to streaming.