Anonymous asked: What's wrong w twitch? (I don't have my own stream but a very good friend does so I was curious)
To summarize what’s going on:
A couple days ago, a streamer added a couple subscriber emotes to his stream. An admin, Horror, decided that they all violated the rules because they were copyrighted images and he was using them without permission. This was only true of two of the three emotes. This spurred a lot of Twitch’s users to point out other examples where admins had inconsistently enforced this rule. Horror, being the emote admin, took the brunt of the attacks, for, among other things, getting the NightLight emote of his boyfriend’s “fursona” added as a global emote.
People started changing their channel titles to “REMOVE HORROR” in an effort to get Horror removed from his position as admin. At some point, Horror joined Werster’s (a very well known Pokemon speedrunner) stream and Werster’s chat went crazy and called Horror pretty much anything you can think of (him being a gay furry and all). Werster was banned for this.
Duke Bilgewater, one of the organizers of Awesome Games Done Quick, one of the largest speedrunning events in the world, made a joke about what was going on (it wasn’t offensive, something about asking how he could get into Horror’s pants so he could get a global emote too) and was also banned.
Duke Bilgewater, Peaches, and Werster getting banned set off the whole speedrunning community. Twitch attempted to censor threads/chats on Reddit and Twitch. The Twitch Support Twitter account ignored and berated people upset that they had been banned for uttering the phrase “remove Horror.” All the people named above are now unbanned, but many are still banned for rallying against the Twitch admins’ abuse of power.
Twitch released an “apology” earlier today that basically existed only to absolve Horror and the other admins of any wrongdoing, and place all of the blame on Twitch’s users. Horror was not removed, nor were any other admins who took part in the mass banning.
Anyway, to answer your question, the problem with Twitch is how unprofessionally they handled the situation (I use the word ‘handled’ loosely, all they really did was remove the NightLife emote and unban people who were “wrongly” banned in their eyes), and how they treated their users. The owners of Twitch don’t seem to realize that without the people who use and generate content for their website, they have no website. Banning partner accounts (often people who make a living off of Twitch) as well as other streamers and viewers simply for putting their first amendment right of free speech into action was an incredibly unprofessional way to handle the situation. Their Support Twitter account mocking people who had been banned was also extremely unprofessional. They seem to think that they, Horror especially, can get away with whatever they want, and if the Twitch community just lets this go, it only reinforces that idea. Action needs to be taken to show that the users of the website aren’t just going to sit around while Twitch shits all over them.