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Twitch CEO sorry for pornographic content promoted on Ninja's channel
By Sam Jones - 12th Aug 2019Games
More fuel for the fire as gamers hit out at the streaming channel
A sincere apology but "no excuses" - that was the message from the CEO of Twitch after after pornographic content appeared on Tyler 'Ninja' Blevin's offline page.
Ninja, famous for his Fortnite gameplay and live streams, was in the news recently after making the switch from Twitch to Microsoft owned streaming service Mixer. But the discourse between Ninja and his for streaming stomping ground appears to have strengthened after his offline Twitch page began streaming adult content, much to the surprise of those who were still following his old page, which still has over 14.7 million followers.
In a statement released on social media, Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said "Our community comes to Twitch looking for live content. To help ensure they find great, live channels we’ve been experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline.
"This helps all streamers as it creates new community connections. However, the lewd content that appeared on the @ninja offline channel page grossly violates our terms of service, and we’ve permanently suspended the account in question.
"We have also suspended these recommendations while we investigate how this content came to be promoted. On a more personal note, I apologize want to apologize directly to @ninja that this happened. It wasn’t our intent, but it should not have happened. No excuses."
Unfortunately, the statement hasn't stopped gamers and social media users questioning the streaming channels decisions on how Ninja's page ended up with inappropriate content being recommended, nor are they happy with how Twitch is dealing with current controversial streamers.
Twitch was in the firing line in July after not taking action against Colombian born streamer Natalia 'Alinity' Mogollon who, during her Apex Legends live stream, appeared to throw her cat behind her after the animal got too close to her setup. Old footage of Alinity kissing her cat with a mouthful of vodka also went viral after the recent incident, resulting in complaints made to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to which Alinity said that "My animals are well loved, and live in a warm and caring home, and I will comply with any authority that seeks to validate this."
In today's clown news, @AlinityTwitch throwing her cat on stream. Nothing justifies tossing an animal like this, but even so, she wasn't even in a gunfight. Makes you really question what Twitch looks for in partners. #Alinity pic.twitter.com/4jtH2lMSNZ— Lance Faltinsky (@lancefaltinsky) 19 July 2019
On top of that, Alinity had to also defend herself this week after an alleged racial slur incident during her live stream, but as of yet, no action has been taken against her for any of the incidents mentioned.
It's safe to say that it has been a busy few months of controversy for Twitch to deal with.