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Twitch streamer apologizes for “breakdown” that caused fans concern

Published: 16/Jan/2020 20:01 Updated: 17/Jan/2020 18:54

by Virginia Glaze

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Partnered Twitch streamer “JadeyAnh” has apologized to her fanbase after an emotionally charged broadcast raised concerns for her safety across the net.

While Twitch is somewhat known for capturing unexpected moments on camera, JadeyAnh gave her viewers a serious shock when she broke out in tears during a game of Overwatch in mid-January.

Although her VOD of the stream has since been deleted, a clip taken from the missing broadcast shows her tearfully opening up to viewers, claiming that she doesn’t want her family to “worry” about her “anymore.”

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Twitch streamer “JadeyAnh” raised concern across the net after breaking down during an emotional broadcast.

“It’s just, I feel like emotionally, I only bring sadness to my parents and my grandparents,” she claimed. “It’s been so long since anyone has looked at me without worries, because… I feel like my family can only fully be happy without me. ‘Cause I always know they are worried about me, and I don’t want that anymore for them.”

A worried fan posted the clip to Reddit, where many commenters expressed concern for the streamer’s mental health and physical safety, asking those who knew her to reach out in wake of the distressing video.

Thankfully, JadeyAnh has since responded to the issue via Twitter, apologizing to her viewers for worrying them with her “breakdown” and revealing that she is taking a break from streaming to seek counseling.

“I apologise for the breakdown you witnessed today,” she wrote. “Know that I’m now seeking professional help and [will] keep my online presence on hold ‘til things are better. A sincere thank you to some of you that notified people close to me who helped me when I needed it the most.”

Thus far, the streamer’s post has been met with overwhelming support, with many fans congratulating her on seeking help and offering their own advice after the spread of her emotional clip and a string of other concerning posts.

Such an outpouring of love and care echoes streamer Mizkif’s actions on January 1, when he halted a broadcast to check up on the mental health of a viewer who’d left a concerning message in his chat.

No matter the popular opinion of Twitch, it’s always heartwarming to see viewers rally behind the streamers and communities they watch and interact with.


UPDATE: JadeyAnh’s Twitch channel has  been banned as of January 17. She has yet to speak out on her suspension at the time of writing.

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Twitch slammed for failing to moderate their own channel’s chat

Published: 24/Jan/2021 17:19

by Luke Edwards

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Twitch has received backlash after the chat in its own official channel was full of hateful comments during the Participation Awards ceremony.

As part of Twitch’s celebration of its community, on January 23 it held a Participation Awards to commemorate the work of their streamers and the community.

The stream focused on using Twitch chat as a direct medium between the hosts and viewers. But, as the event was running, some, including partnered streamers, criticized Twitch for ineffectively moderating the messages in chat.

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Twitch was criticized as hateful comments went unmoderated.

Twitch partner and variety streamer negaoryx called out the platform for allowing the chat to be ‘full’ of hate speech and harassment towards the guests and hosts of the awards.

“I am unfathomably angry at the lack of protection and care Twitch shows its marginalized creators,” she said.

“Users in chat are spewing hate speech & harassing the guest streamers. 3 mod names in the chat list but since I’ve been watching, have seen ZERO messages get deleted.

“I can’t even watch & enjoy this stream because I’m spending my time reporting every hateful, harassing comment I see. How hard is it to have even ONE person moderate these official Twitch streams?”

MsAshRocks, who appeared as the final guest on the stream, also urged Twitch to clamp down on hate speech. She said: “I mentioned a slither of fundraising for [BLM] protesters and they went wild LMAO.”

Tanya “CypherofTyr” DePass, director of gaming diversity non-profit I Need Diverse Games, echoed the calls, as she said: “It’s why I never watch the actual main Twitch/Twitch Gaming channels but host on mine so we have a safe spot to watch.”

Another Twitch partner, Imperial, praised negaoryx for speaking out and labeled the situation a “systemic problem” within Twitch.

She said: “I’ve had to call local police after doxing threats, so many racist comments and usernames that I saw no action on. Months of steady harassment. Do better.”

Twitch has not yet responded publicly to the situation.

This wasn’t the only debacle from the stream. It turns out that one of the awards was inadvertently handed out to a bot account, rather than a real person.

It’s been a turbulent few days for the platform, as users condemned their decision to ban a 15-year-old streamer with 90,000 followers because he had made his account when he was under 13. Meanwhile, other top streamers on the platform who also made their account when under 13 have gone unpunished.