Twitch Streamer Fedmyster Banned After Racist Text to Speech Donation Slipped Through Filter - Dexerto
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Twitch Streamer Fedmyster Banned After Racist Text to Speech Donation Slipped Through Filter

Published: 22/Jul/2018 19:07 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 16:25

by Calum Patterson

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A Twitch streamer has been handed a seven day ban from the platform, after donation slipped through the text to speech filter and read out a racist term repeatedly.

The context of the donation is critical, as Fedmyster was doing a particularly strange live stream at the time. He was staring at a canvas, with the stream titled ‘Watching Paint Dry’, and would ignore his stream entirely.

This meant that all donations, chat comments, subscriptions etc. he would simply ignore, in an attempt to essentially have the most boring stream ever, ironically of course.

He did however have text to speech donations on, and so a number of viewers would send in donations in an attempt to troll, but a filter was in place to prevent anything offensive coming through.

But one user managed to slip past the filter, and their $2 donation message – the ‘N word’ 18 times – was read aloud for the entire stream to hear.

To resume in ‘character’, Fedmyster completely ignored the donation, making no effort to turn it off and keeping to his rule of ignoring all donations.

And this is almost certainly what has lead to his seven day ban on the platform, as Fedmyster confirmed via a post to his Twitter.

Twitch has been increasingly punitive towards all forms of offensive behavior on streams, even, it seems, when it isn’t the streamer themselves using the offensive language.

It would appear that he wasn’t necessarily banned for the donation itself, but for not reacting and failing to make an attempt to mute the audio.

It is a strong reminder that relying on the streamlabs filter itself to block out offensive text to speech donations is not a certain way to prevent them coming through.

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Nessa Barrett hits back at attacks telling her to kill herself

Published: 25/Oct/2020 21:04

by Charlotte Colombo

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TikToker Nessa Barrett has, once again, had to hit out against some of the trolls who harass her online, after their bullying took a sinister turn. 

Barrett has had a difficult few days after becoming unwittingly involved in the Jaden Hossler and Mads Lewis ‘diss track’ drama.

After hinting at a collaboration with Hossler on Twitter, she was accused of ‘shading’ his ex girlfriend and former friend, Lewis by hiding a range of Twitter replies referring to her.

However, judging by her recent Tweets, Barrett has enough problems of her own to concern herself with someone else’s drama, as she opened up about some of the intense abuse she had recently received online on Twitter.

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Twitter: Nessa Barrett
Nessa Barrett appeals to fans to leave her alone.

In a series of Tweets, she appealed to trolls to “stop telling [her] to kill [her]self,” explaining that she doesn’t “need to hear it anymore on top of [her] own thoughts [she] battle[s] everyday.”

Giving an insight to the struggles of being in the public eye, Barrett tells fans that they “have no idea how draining it is.”

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Instagram: nessabarrett
Fans have rallied around Barrett following her Tweets.

In response to these raw and honest Tweets, fans on Instagram rallied around the TikToker, with one user saying: “Imagine receiving thousands of death treats I could never — all I have to say is she’s so strong.”

Another user said that the fact that she had to tweet this was “so sad,” while a further user said “TikTok is so toxic damn.”

Nessa Barrett’s mental health battle

Nessa Barrett has bravely spoken out about her experiences with mental health several times in the past. In an August interview with Entertainment Tonight, she opened up about being diagnosed with conditions like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.

“I’ve been in therapy for anxiety since I was like, six,” she said at the time.

“And then, when I was about 14, I was misdiagnosed with depression. And then, recently, I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.”

Being a singer as well as a TikToker, she channelled a lot of her mental heath struggles into songs such as her debut single ‘Pain,’ which she explains was written during a “really vulnerable time” where, among other things, she was once again receiving a lot of hate online.

She also spoke out on Twitter in September about the “serious” and “personal” nature of her mental health issues after she was filmed crying in a restaurant by celebrity paparazzo Kevin Wong.

Hopefully, Barrett’s latest Tweets will be enough of a wake up call for trolls to stop harassing her when she is already feeling vulnerable.