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Twitch responds to backlash following release of Ninja & Pokimane advertisements

Published: 28/Jan/2019 23:25 Updated: 28/Jan/2019 23:28

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular streaming platform Twitch have finally responded to widespread criticism, after rolling out an advertisement for streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’s’ Anys’s Pro Bowl event across their site in late January.

Twitch released a statement on the matter in a Tweet on January 28, announcing that they will no longer run advertisements promoting on-site events or other streamers across the platform.

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“We removed the most recent ad early Friday and will avoid running advertisements in the future for on-site events and/or creators that potentially drive your viewers to other Twitch channels,” the statement read.

Twitch’s response follows widespread backlash following the advertisement of Pokimane’s ‘Pro Bowl’ event on January 25.

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Pokimane herself responded to the ensuing criticism by stating that all creators on the platform should be happy for the exposure brought about by the ad, claiming that it meant “the whole industry for streamers is doing well.”

Pokimane’s sentiments echoed that of popular streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, who likewise saw backlash after Twitch rolled out ads promoting his New Year’s Eve event on December 31, 2018.

However, other creators on the site feared that such advertisements would draw viewers away from their channels, with the likes of Dr Disrespect and Sam ‘Strippin’ Thorne calling out the promos in scathing Tweets shortly thereafter.

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“I thought people were pretty vocal recently about their displeasure of other broadcasters being advertised on their channels,” Strippin wrote. “So why the fuck are my viewers seeing Pokimane ads, Twitch?”

It looks like Twitch has taken direct action in light of these complaints, much to the relief of their userbase.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.