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Entertainment • Aug 12, 2019

Twitch CEO responds to outrage over Ninja's old channel promoting porn

Twitch CEO responds to outrage over Ninja's old channel promoting porn
Twitch / Twitter: @Ninja

Twitch made headlines on August 11 after Mixer superstar Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins expressed his outrage after finding out porn was being promoted on his old channel. The platform's CEO Emmett Shear has now responded.

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Ninja announced his move to Mixer on August 1, after securing an exclusive partnership with Microsoft which saw him leaving his 14.7 followers behind on Twitch. On August 11, the Fortnite Battle Royale star posted an angry video to Twitter, in which he revealed that a porn stream was being recommended on his now-abandoned Twitch channel.

“I’ve been streaming for eight years, to build that brand and to build my channel,” he said. “They were still using my channel to promote other streamers. Now, there was a porn account that was number 1, being recommended on my channel.”

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Twitch CEO Emmett Shear responded

Later in the day on August 11, Twitch's Chief Executive Officer Emmett Shear addressed the outrage surrounding the graphic content that was briefly displayed on Ninja's old channel.

"Our community comes to Twitch looking for live content. To help ensure they find great, live channels we’ve been experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline." he tweeted.

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The CEO continued by explaining that the user in question was permanently removed from the platform, and that the service has decided to temporarily suspend channel recommendations until it can work out how to stop such content from being displayed.

"This helps all streamers as it creates new community connections. However, the lewd content that appeared on the @ninja offline channel page grossly violates our terms of service, and we’ve permanently suspended the account in question. We have also suspended these recommendations while we investigate how this content came to be promoted."

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Shear ended his Twitter thread with a personal apology to Ninja, stating that the link to the porn stream his old channel was never intentional, but that it should never have happened in the first place.

"On a more personal note, I apologize want to apologize directly to @ninja that this happened. It wasn’t our intent, but it should not have happened. No excuses."

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Ninja's wife was not satisfied with the apology

Ninja's wife and manager Jessica Blevins was not satisfied with Shear's apology, and stated that the streaming service was just trying to do damage control. She then quoted a tweet from August 1 from Twitch co-founder Justin Kan, who replied to Ninja's initial move announcement with "RIP ;)".

"Twitch is doing PR control right now but it seems their intent from the beginning was to try to kill @Ninja brand. They say promoting other channels on his page wasn’t of ill-intent, but here is a Twitch co-founder saying RIP with a winky face to Tylers transition. Petty," she said.

Ninja surpassed one million active subscribers on his new Mixer channel on August 6, just five days after he partnered with the platform.

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