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Twitch streamers outraged over new unban request feature

Published: 1/Oct/2020 4:28 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 8:03

by Brad Norton

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Dozens of Twitch streamers have criticized the Amazon-owned streaming platform after the introduction of a controversial feature that allows banned viewers to get back in contact.

While the vast majority of Twitch viewers get along well, there’s the odd rotten egg that steps over the line. This is why time-outs and bans are both featured on Twitch. Moderators are able to punish viewers for bad behavior, often barring them from select channels as a whole.

From rude messages in chat to pesky spam, bans are there as a safety measure to counter it all. Once banned, there was no way for these accounts to annoy or harass streamers moving forward. That was up until today, at least.

Twitch revealed a new widget on Sep. 30 that allows mods to go through ‘unban requests.’ While it could prove useful for the odd occasion where an account is wrongfully banned, the announcement mainly went down like a ton of bricks.

“Channel banned users can submit an appeal through the Chat column,” the Twitch Support post explained. Through this appeal, moderators can then “review and take action.” This gives pesky accounts a second chance at doing the right thing, but it also sets the stage for even more bother.

Banned accounts can continue their poor behavior through this section. As a result, many content creators were hesitant about the new feature. “I can’t wait to get harassed in my unban requests,” former Twitch staff member ‘retr0ali’ replied.

Twitch soon clarified that spam won’t be permitted through the new system. Accounts can’t spam through the feature as “it is only possible to request to be unbanned once.” Despite this measure, many still wish that it was never added in the first place.

“We need the ability to opt-out of this system ASAP,” Twitch streamer ‘tavi_wolf,’ demanded. “When someone is banned they’re banned for a reason, why would anybody want this feature?” ‘Alanna_Sterling’ added.

This isn’t the first controversial feature Twitch has added in the past few weeks. On September 15 the streaming platform came under fire for new and intrusive ads.

Perhaps with enough community backlash, the latest addition will come with the ability to opt-out. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with any further developments.

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Alexandra Botez responds to creepy Twitch viewer asking to see her feet

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:01

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer and chess guru Alexandra Botez wasn’t going to put up with trolls asking to see her feet during a live stream.

During the broadcast, as Botez was challenging players in chess, a viewer decided to ask the streamer if they could see her feet – something that promoted a hilarious response from Alexandra.

“Sir, you’re not seeing… you know what,” the frustrated streamer began, before pausing with a smirk. “I’m going to show you what’s on my feet, and you’re going to stop asking.”

With that, the 25-year-old lifted up her shoe and showed it off in front of the camera.

Alexandra Botez holds a shoe
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Mess with the Botez, get the shoe.

“I’m wearing these clogs, okay? This is all you need to know. And if you would ask me that in person, I would turn into Romanian Botez,” she added.

Next, Alexandra pretended to smack the person with her clog while rambling on in Romanian.

“And I would hit you in the head with my shoe,” she warned. “And you wouldn’t see feet because your vision would be blurry.”

Amusingly, after that whole rant, the streamer went right back into challenging whoever she wanted to play next, as if the whole foot fiasco never even happened.

Fans have requested feet before

This isn’t the first time that Alexandra has been asked to show her feet, oddly enough. Earlier in 2020, a viewer donated $3 and asked the streamer to reveal her highly fetishized body part.

Instead of showing them off, however, she simply drew a foot on a piece of paper and held it up for the camera, which confused her two on-stream guests.

“Someone donated to show feet,” she explained, prompting some laughs in the chat.

While Botez has handled the foot remarks quite well thus far, the next time someone dares to ask the chess queen to slip off her shoes to expose her feet, they could be getting a clog to the skull.