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Twitch streamer banned after telling suicidal person to kill themself [UPDATE]

Published: 20/Jan/2019 20:13 Updated: 21/Jan/2019 20:06

by Calum Patterson

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Controversial on-stream moment shows a Runescape Twitch streamer, who is partnered on the platform, tell a supposedly suicidal person: “I think you should just kill yourself.”

The streamer, known as ‘Aus_Swag’ on Twitch, is asked by a friend to call an apparently suicidal woman to give her advice and support.

However, when the streamer makes the call, he instead simply states “I think you should just kill yourself”, before he and others in the call burst into laughter.

The relationship between the the streamer, Aus_Swag, and the supposedly suicidal person, is unknown.

The livestream from which the controversial clip was taken, along with the rest of the VOD are no longer available on Twitch.

Twitch didn’t take long to take action, banning Aus_Swag, but the clip has spread online, sparking outrage at his comments. 

One user wrote “absolutely reprehensible behavior”, and others suggested he should be banned from the platform. 

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Twitch users quickly flocked to Aus_Swag’s channel following the spread of the clip, and Aus_Swag was seen in chat spamming laughing emotes, and even promoting Twitch Prime subscriptions.

Aus_Swag responded in chat after users saw the controversial clip on social media.

There have been previous examples of Twitch streamers giving out highly questionable advice to vulnerable people, including a widely publicized story of streamer JScubby saying he would “dare” his friends to commit suicide.

In another similar incident, League of Legends coach Saintvicious was released from his position with FlyQuest after stating on stream that he believed depression and anxiety were “made up excuses”. 


UPDATE:

Aus_swag has issued a statement for his actions and subsequent ban on Twitch.

In his apology, Aus_swag linked a video containing a clipped conversation with the troubled person in which he asks if she remembered him making the comment, to which she said no.

His apology included a $200 donation to the Beyond Blue non-profit organization that aims to address mental disorders associated with depression, anxiety, thoughts on suicide and more.

The apology has left many to doubt its sincerity, as it was made after the fallout of the consequences that the streamer received from Twitch and his sponsors.

“Doesn’t matter if you muted yourself saying it, you still said it to get a laugh from your scummy friends. Might want to uninstall that Runescape app now you’re banned,” YouTube user Toby Paterson wrote in response to the video.

Both his video and his Twitter apology have been met with extreme public disapproval.

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LIRIK slams “ridiculous” Twitch DMCA strikes after wiping his channel

Published: 31/Oct/2020 15:21

by Georgina Smith

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Twitch streamer Saqib ‘LIRIK’ Zahid was left upset after the newly introduced DMCA crackdowns on the platform meant one of his old videos was given a copyright strike, thereby forcing him to “nuke” his old content in order to protect his channel.

Many streamers and fans alike were left furious when people revealed they were receiving DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown requests from Twitch, particularly with regard to the playing of music.

However, the DMCA strikes were not just affecting recent content. VODs dating back years were being flagged for playing copyrighted music, no matter how briefly.

Devastatingly, this means many streamers have been left with no choice but to delete colossal amounts of old content, as it’s impossible to sift through each VOD individually before Twitch flags it.

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LIRIK has garnered a huge amount of popularity over his nine years on the platform.

LIRIK receives a DMCA copyright strike

Many creators announced that they would be having to purge their channels, like Pokimane who said she would be removing her past VODs after rumors circulated that LIRIK would need to do the same.

LIRIK is a hugely popular streamer with over 2.7 million followers on his Twitch channel, playing a huge variety of games for his thriving community of supporters. He’s been on the platform since 2011, naturally meaning he’s built a substantial backlog of content over that time.

In his October 30 stream, he said: “I had to nuke everything yesterday. All VODs, all clips were deleted. I feel like my channel’s naked. Oh my god, it f***ing hurt so bad man but it had to happen. Like everything f***ing nuked.”

Explaining the reason he’d finally decided to purge his channel, Lirik added: “I got one strike yesterday from a 2016 clip for a DMX song. And it’s like what? I don’t remember. When the f**k did I play DMX? It’s just ridiculous.”

LIRIK along with his mods are saving the VOD files and uploading them to YouTube, but with 9 years of content to go through, the task will be a mammoth undertaking.

The move will no doubt add fuel to the anger towards Twitch for the sudden and rather unforgiving DMCA takedowns, but whether the process will be changed as a result of the outrage remains to be seen.