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Twitch quickly unban Jinny after controversial TLOU2 comments

by Calum Patterson

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After being handed a two-week suspension, Twitch streamer 'Jinnytty' has had her ban lifted after only eight hours, following her public statement and apology.

Jinny had been streaming The Last of Us 2 on July 24 when the ban struck, after comments she made about one of the game's leading characters, Abby.

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The streamer said that due to her frustration with the character and the story, she "just wanted to say I don't want to look at her anymore, but I put it in a wrong way."

The character, Abby, has a notably large and muscular physique, and Jinny called her transgender (the character is not, in fact, transgender).

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Abby standing with an axe
Abby standing with an axe
Abby in the The Last of Us Part II.

"I wasn't 100% sure if she was transgender or not and I saw a lot of people talking about it, so without thinking I thought it was okay to use the word transgender to describe her," Jinny said.

In a Discord message, Jinny said it was "time to appeal", and it appears that the appeal was successful, as her two-week ban was cut considerably shorter.

"I really didn't mean to hate on someone and I have nothing against transgender people," Jinny continued, in her statement. "I sincerely apologize for anyone who got offended by it and I promise that in the future, I will be more educated and careful with what I say and do on stream."

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Explaining her comment, she said, "I was just not interested in Abby's story during the game. I thought it was boring and exhausting so I just wanted to say I don't want to look at her anymore, but I put it in a wrong way."

Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy for what it calls "hateful conduct" on the platform, and even first-time violations typically result in a lengthy ban.

It's unclear exactly why Twitch reversed its decision to hand Jinny a two-week ban. The Amazon-owned platform says that it always takes context into account when issuing community guidelines strikes, and streamers always have the option to appeal.

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Twitch does not comment on individual community guidelines violations to respect the privacy of users.