Twitch uphold hate speech ban against streamer who claims he said "yikers" - Dexerto

Twitch uphold hate speech ban against streamer who claims he said “yikers”

Published: 11/Jun/2019 8:12 Updated: 11/Jun/2019 8:33

by Matt Porter


League of Legends streamer who claims to have used the word “yikers” during a broadcast, which was mistaken for a racial slur.

Hunter ‘Pink Ward’ Trahan is a LoL streamer on the platform, but had his Twitch account shut down by the company back in May for “hateful conduct.”

Pink Ward believes this refers to a moment on his stream in which he says “yikers” in response to behaviour from an opposing player, but could possibly be misheard as a racial slur.

Riot / YouTubePink Ward is a League of Legends streamer on Twitch.

In a clip taken by the streamer from from his broadcast. Pink Ward’s teammate can be heard saying “yikes” when an enemy player refers to the LoL player as a “fat pig.”

In the clip, Pink Ward can be heard calling the opposing player salty, before using what sounds like the phrase “fucking yikers,” a claim he vehemently maintains, despite some viewers feeling he may have used the slur. 

The streamer received a 30 day ban from the site on May 17, and has been trying to get his ban overturned ever since, saying that he understands what people might have heard, but feels that Twitch haven’t taken context or intent into account when handing down the ban.

Despite his protests, it appears that Pink Ward will have to serve out the entirety of his 30 day ban, revealing on June 10 that he had reopened his ticket in the hopes of receiving a response from Twitch about the ban, but had it closed again.

“Guess my ban is just going to get swept under the rug,” wrote Pink Ward on Twitter. “I thought I had a chance at getting unbanned. I guess it’s confirmed that context doesn’t matter. In the end, Twitch will ban who they want to ban.”

The streamer says his biggest issue with the ban is the lack of communication he has received from Twitch about it, despite sending multiple emails and tickets about the situation.

Pink Ward explained: “My problem is no communication. My tickets have been changed from open to closed. I’ve only gotten one email about it. At this point, either the system is automatically closing them, or someone’s fucking with me.”

The LoL player suggests that he is anxious to return to Twitch, stating that due to the strike on his account, he will not be able to apply for a Twitch partnership for another three months.

This isn’t the first time Twitch’s policy on banning channels for using hate speech has come under scrutiny, with a number of World of Warcraft streamers claiming that they had been banned for typing the name of the game’s NPCs in chat.

We’ll be sure to update this story as new information becomes available.


TikTok Star Zoe Laverne admits she “caught feelings” for underage fan

Published: 29/Oct/2020 12:10

by Alice Hearing


TikToker Zoe Laverne has spoken out after facing a huge backlash from multiple leaked videos showing her allegedly kissing an underage fan.

Earlier this week a video surfaced online showing 19-year-old Zoe and a 13-year-old called Connor exchanging a kiss, confirming previous accusations from ex-boyfriend Cody Orlove and Amber VanPelt.

In the days before, leaked Instagram messages showed that Cody and Amber raised concerns over “very intense” interactions with Connor. Zoe had previously denied allegations of a relationship with an underage influencer.

Despite leaving Instagram in September following a lip-syncing controversy, Zoe appears to have created, and now runs, a fandom Instagram account called “zlpfandom2.0.” Shortly after the videos leaked, she explained via the account that she would be taking a break from social media, but did not address the issue.

TikTok star Zoe Laverne
Instagram: Zoe Laverne
Zoe explained that she and Connor have separated

Her mom, however, did come online to share her thoughts and defended Zoe’s relationship with Connor, saying “Anybody can reach over and kiss somebody. They’re best friends.”

On October 28, Zoe finally addressed the videos on the fandom Instagram account.  She wrote, “I would like to say I am aware of what was leaked.. but Connor was not raped, etc. Connor and I kissed yes.. never had a relationship but we did catch feelings for each other after being so close. These videos were from months ago and we both realized it was wrong and we both cut it off.”


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She explained that she understood the ramifications of her actions, adding, “before anything was leaked I did tell his mom we kissed. She wasn’t happy obviously but she understood that we are both teenagers and that feelings can be caught.

“I am aware that I am an adult and I am aware that I have done something wrong and I am very sorry for what I have done. Connor and I will [livestream] together as soon as this all calms down and explain ourselves.”

She also confirmed that the situation has been settled and the two have separated. “Connor and I have had no communication for 3 days now. We are still friends but we think it’s best to stop talking and work on each other’s mental health and spend time with our families”

Despite the very serious controversy, Zoe’s TikTok account continues to grow above 17 million followers.