Twitch begins banning streamers following assault and abuse allegations

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The Gaming industry has always had a patriarchal culture that allowed sexism, sexual misconduct and bullying to thrive. The stories have already produced vast reverberations, including the resignation of the head of one of the biggest management firms in all of streaming and the departure of over 20 streamers in his wake.

Although the original tweet received only 1,500 likes, it had a ripple effect on the industry.

"For a long time, I was afraid to say anything".

Momentum for the campaign grew as dozens of Twitch users began to relate personal anecdotes of alleged online harassment, and to connect with others via social media who shared similar stories.

The floodgates opened over the weekend, after a Twitch streamer, Hollowtide, tweeted that a well-known streamer & # 39; Destiny 2 & # 39; it was "scum". There were some streamers that accused that calling for a blackout might lead to a counterproductive day.

Streamers responded to Twitch's statements on sexual misconduct.

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Later, a streamer who goes by the handle Snaps published a letter she wrote to Lono.

YouTube said it is still investigating allegations on its platform. Ismail was accused of allegedly engaging in relationships with multiple women while married. The lives of my family and my own are shattered. His Twitter account is now deleted. He admitted that his previous behavior was incorrect and apologized in a statement. It is clear we have fallen short of this in the past. According to the statement, Twitch begin prioritizing investigation into the accusations against Twitch partners with due diligence to determine proper response.

Twitch is also working on updating other tools for users to report harassment and other incidents that do not follow the Community Guidelines. Esports organization Method cut ties with a streamer after accusations of improper behaviour. "We will continue to assess accusations against people affiliated with Twitch and explore ways Twitch can collaborate with other industry leaders on this important issue". Several people on Twitter claimed that harassment reports they've made in the past have gone ignored, while others expressed concern that top-tier streamers may get preferential treatment.

Twitch's response to the matter was initially slow and left many questioning of the company's direction, resulting in many choosing to partake in a Twitch Blackout on June 24 in which many popular voices chose not to stream as a protest. In it, he said that punishments on the table for streamers who've been accused in a "credible" fashion include "banning, removing partnership, or removing people from promotional opportunities".

Twitch is now addressing sexual assault allegations on a case-by-case basis following a series of sexual misconduct claims.

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