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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes aim at US Military presence on Twitch

Published: 23/Jul/2020 2:01 Updated: 23/Jul/2020 2:26

by Theo Salaun

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Columbia University lawyers and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have taken aim at the U.S. Military’s Twitch channels, resulting in reports that said channels are pausing all Twitch activity.

Following controversy surrounding the US Army and Navy Twitch channels’ usage of Twitch as a recruitment tool and banning of accounts who are “asking questions about issues they would rather not address,”

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Columbia’s Knight First Amendment Institute and AOC have formalized what became general complaints among the gaming community, leading to reports from Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau that the US Army has paused their esports efforts.

The US Military has been entrenched in gaming for years, through games like America’s Army and marketing partnerships with teams like the Chicago Huntsmen and organizations like Evil Geniuses. Most recently, that dynamic has been highlighted by the Army and Navy’s Twitch channels — which have come under fire over the past month for banning users for “harassment” in their chat.

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After being banned from US Military Twitch channels for similar comments earlier in the month,  Jordan Uhl showed in a “ban speedrun” just how quickly users could get timed out from said channels for asking about politicized subjects such as “w4r cr1mes” (with numbers used to bypass the automod) on July 17. 

In light of these bans, the Knight Institute has cited the constitution and similar cases to demand the US Military’s Twitch channels unban everyone who was banned for “core political speech,” and establishes policies protecting said speech by August 5.

Similarly, it has been reported by Vice that AOC, a New York US Representative, will be proposing a draft amendment to the House Appropriations Bill that prevents the military from using the bill’s funds to “maintain a presence on Twitch.com or any video game, esports, or live-streaming platform.”

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Although the history of the military and gaming working in partnership together is relatively deep, the capacity to engage with people, especially those who are underage, was unparalleled before the advent of Twitch.

This has understandably spurred increased scrutiny, with AOC not wanting the military using the federal budget on gaming marketing activations and the Knight Institute wanting free speech protected.

“The Army and Navy esports teams’ banning of users based on their speech about war crimes is unconstitutional,” the Knight Institute wrote in their July 22 letter.

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“When the government intentionally opens a space to the public at large for expressive activity, it has created a ‘public forum’ under the First Amendment, and it cannot constitutionally bar speakers from that forum based on viewpoint. These principles apply with full force in the digital sphere, including on social media platforms, as courts have emphasized in recent cases.”

While the bans, in particular, were defended as justified by Twitch’s “harassment” terms of service, the Knight Institute’s lawyers counteract that claim using the website’s own TOS definition and reassert that the website’s public forums preclude the censorship of political speech.

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As of yet, no branch of the military has made a formal response to these formalized complaints and all channels have gone mute.

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FIFA 21 TOTW 2 live: Lewandowski, Haaland, Kane, Saint-Maximin, more

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:05 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 18:11

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS have released the second batch of Team of the Week players in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and it looks like there are some exciting cards up for grabs this week.

Following the completion of another busy game week across football’s top-flight leagues, a new set of TOTW players has been released, featuring some huge names and valuable cards.

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Dexerto made a number of predictions earlier in the week, included at the bottom of this article, so let’s see how they stacked up with leaks and ultimately, the official team as well.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2

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The full Team of the Week #2 in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team!

Just as with the first Team of the Week, the second TOTW squad is stacked with top talent, such as the likes of Lewandowski, Courtois, Kane, and Haaland. While not as high-rated as those studs, the likes of Milan’s Hernandez and Newcastle’s Saint-Maximin should also draw a lot of attention as being “meta” players.

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Here are some of the players you might be interested in:

  • Erling Haaland (86)
  • Robert Lewandowski (92)
  • Harry Kane (89)
  • Thibaut Courtois (90)
  • Ben Chilwell (84)
  • Theo Hernandez (83)
  • Jack Grealish (83)
  • Ollie Watkins (81)
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (83)
  • Renato Sanchez (82)
  • Marcel Halstenberg (84)

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2 leaked

Ahead of EA SPORTS confirming the full TOTW #2, the full squad was claimed to have been leaked – and the leaker even managed to get his hands on the same image that EA would end up tweeting out.

When did TOTW 2 go live in FIFA 21?

EA SPORTS revealed this next FIFA Team of the Week squad at 6PM (UK time) Wednesday, October 7, 2020. As per usual, they were announced and droped into packs at 6pm BST / 12pm CT / 1pm EST / 3am AEST.

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These boosted player upgrades are now being announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21, unlike other years where we knew about them three hours prior. 

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This could be a cracking TOTW just in time for the full FIFA 21 release!

FIFA 20 Team of the Week 32 predictions

What a week! Competitions around the world have come back for the 2020/21 season, soon after the end of last year’s staggering campaign. The back-to-back nature of these seasons, it seems, is going to lead to some exciting games.

The biggest news from the Premier League this week was Aston Villa and Tottenham each dolling out huge defeats for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. Ollie Watkins scored three and assisted one as he led the Villans to a 7–2 victory over the champions, while Heung Min Son was unplayable against United.

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There were a number of other standout performances across the weekend too. Neymar Jr. was at his electric best against Angers, while FIFA 21 cover star Erling Haaland kept up his goalscoring record in a 4–0 win over Freiburg on Saturday.

Here are our TOTW 2 predictions, so let’s see how many we got right this week!

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TOTW 2 predictions

  • GK – Marko Dmitrović – SD Eibar
  • GK – Jiri Pavlenka – Werder Bremen
  • CB – Marvin Friedrich – Union Berlin
  • RB – Facundo Roncaglia – Osasuna 
  • LB – Ben Chilwell – Chelsea
  • LB – Aaron Cresswell – West Ham United
  • LB – Marcel Halstenberg – RB Leipzig
  • CM – Jorginho – Chelsea
  • CM – Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad
  • CM – Dani Di Wit – AZ Alkmaar
  • CM – Mario Pasalic – Atalanta
  • CAM – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
  • RW – James Rodriguez – Everton
  • RM – Marcus Harness – Portsmouth
  • RW – Galeno – Braga 
  • LM – Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle United
  • LW – Neymar – PSG
  • LW – Heung Min Son – Spurs
  • ST – Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund 
  • ST – Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
  • ST – Patson Daka –  RB Salzburg
  • ST – Callum Wilson – Newcastle United
  • ST – Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa

As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA 21 news, updates, leaks, guides, and more.