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Dafran finally reveals how “hateful speech” got him banned from Twitch

Published: 24/Jan/2020 17:42 Updated: 24/Jan/2020 17:43

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer and former Overwatch pro Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca has finally explained why he was banned on the platform for thirty days.

Back in November 2019, the Danish superstar was hit with a thirty-day ban, though the streamer never elaborated on why. Originally, he claimed it was due to “ignorance” and saying “stupid sh*t all the time.”

Even after rumors swirled when a single Twitter user made the erroneous claim that Francesca told an off-meta support player to “kill themselves,” the DPS prodigy didn’t get into details regarding his ban.

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Dafran never explained why he was banned… until now.

During a January 22 broadcast, Dafran finally broke down why he was suspended by Twitch.

“I’ll tell you guys why I got banned. Remember when I got banned and you all thought it was because someone said that I said ‘kill yourself?’” Which I didn’t say,” the Tracer specialist began. “I got banned because I said that all French people are toxic.”

The reveal was certainly a bit anti-climactic, considering it sounds pretty tame compared to other things said on the platform. Nonetheless, the Atlanta Reign streamed continued to explain.

“It’s true. And it’s called hateful speech,” he added while taking a bite of his food. “I didn’t even know that. I didn’t know. But I won’t get banned again. It isn’t true. I don’t think all French people are toxic,” he quickly spoke, covering his bases in case the platform suspended him again.

Since being unbanned, Dafran’s streams have been a bit more family-friendly. The reformed entertainer promised to turn into the “role model you all wanted,” and has been doing a pretty good job at it.

While he still primarily plays Overwatch, there haven’t been any questionable incidents on stream for a few months. Hopefully, the popular personality can keep it up and continue to wow audiences with his talented DPS play and insider scoops.

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Dafran’s streams have been a lot friendlier since being unbanned.

On January 23, the retired esport pro “leaked” that a map editor would be coming to Overwatch in a future developer update and claimed that he had information on Blizzard’s plans leading up to 2021.

It’s unclear if Dafran was just trolling his chat with fake information, but we shouldn’t have to wait long to find out if he was telling the truth. The update is scheduled to be announced during the last week of January.

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xQc challenges Twitch as WoW streamer C9 Ziqo gets banned for “no reason”

Published: 25/Jan/2021 13:10 Updated: 25/Jan/2021 13:24

by David Purcell

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Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has challenged Twitch over a potential inconsistency in their banning protocol, angered by the news that fellow streamer C9 Ziqo was suspended without explanation and couldn’t stream for a few days as a result. 

Ziqo’s ban was announced on January 19, but after almost a week passed by without any confirmation about the time he could return to playing for his audience, xQc has decided back him publicly with a message to decision makers.

Of course, the former Overwatch pro has been in this difficult situation a number of times, having been banned more than once on Twitch. Most recently, he was banned in November 2020 for cheating at a Twitch Rivals event.

Twitch users could be banned for using the word "simp" from January.
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This is how the channel looks, following the ban.

Twitch urged to take action over WoW streamer ban

After seeing World of Warcraft fans were still waiting to hear more from C9 Ziqo, on January 25 he urged Twitch to make a move and “stop stalling” on his case.

In a tweet, the Canadian posted: “IF I GET A VOD TIMESTAMP WHEN I GET SUSPENDED, HE SHOULD TOO,” tagging Twitch Support in his message. “PLEASE GIVE THIS MAN A TIMESTAMP OR FIX. STREAMERS LOSE TRACTION OVERNIGHT, STOP STALLING.”

The argument he’s making, that streamers can lose traction overnight, is certainly a valid one. With a player unable to stream, viewers – in turn – also are unable to watch, living off snippets of information posted to Twitter during the ban.

There is no guarantee that the viewership will be of the same size following the ban, xQc argues.

C9 Ziqo opens up on his Twitch suspension

C9 Ziqo confirmed he would be making a YouTube video explaining everything, and that’s since been released. It’s included in the tweet xQc responded to, and shows the streamer revealing everything we knows so far about his suspension.

During the video, he says it was a violation of Twitch TOS, but the specific issue wasn’t confirmed. In a tweet, he revealed his own suspicion that something has been misheard during a stream. He has since launched an appeal.

“It could be anything honestly in that policy,” he said in his YouTube video.

Clarity is something Ziqo will want himself, but more broadly speaking fellow streamers and his fans would prefer to know why this has happened in the first place.

 

Whether or not the process of lifting the suspension will be accelerated following the message from his fellow streamer remains to be seen.