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Streamer Pokimane responds to people requesting she be banned


Renowned Twitch streamer Pokimane addresses public outcry demanding her ban from the platform for mistakenly showing porn during her livestream.

Imane “Pokimane” Anys, one of Twitch’s most prominent streamers, recently found herself in a bind due to a slip-up with some user-submitted content.

Porn content slips through cracks

The incident took place a few days ago during a regular portion of her stream where she sifts through content submitted by her fans.

The said content is directed to a Google Doc where it is generally meticulously screened before Pokimane examines it on air, explained the streamer. Unfortunately, one of the malicious links seemed to have slipped through the cracks.

Pokimane unknowingly opened the bad link on-air, redirecting her to a pornography site, which is a clear violation of the streaming platform’s rules and regulations.

Despite the breach of policy, Twitch has yet to enforce any form of punishment on the 26-year-old streamer.

Viewer backlash

Following the incident, people have started demanding the streamer be banned from Twitch, citing her lack of punishment as a double standard since many streamers get banned for the same offense on a regular basis.

YouTuber John Scarce explained on Twitter that if Pokimane doesn’t end up receiving a ban, then no other streamer who finds themselves in a similar situation should be banned either.

He went on to say that context should be the driving force behind Twitch’s rule enforcement.

At the time of this writing, the tweet has garnered 1500 re-tweets and 21,500 likes. While some Twitter users have come to the streamer’s defense, the majority of the replies echo the sentiment that there’s a double standard at play.

Pokimane’s response

The Canadian/Moroccan streamer clarified during her stream the next day that Twitch reached out to her to issue a warning, but nothing more.

She further explained that, since it wasn’t a regular occurrence, it shouldn’t be enough to warrant a suspension or ban.

Regarding the accusation of double standards, Pokimane dismissed the idea, pointing out a male streamer who recently found himself in a similar situation, and was also spared from any form of punishment.

Pokimane’s popularity

The Los Angeles-based streamer began broadcasting on Twitch back in 2013. She is best known for playing League of Legends, though she also streams Fornite fairly often.

In addition to being a Twitch streamer, Pokimane is a successful YouTube content creator as well. She currently has 4.8 million followers on Twitch, and 5.09 million subscribers on YouTube.

Images courtesy of Pokimane/Twitch Screenshot, Pokimane/Twitter

Mo Alshorbaji

Mo Alshorbaji is an accomplished writer and has been an avid Gamer since he was 6 years old. When he's not busy writing articles or scripts for popular Gaming YouTube channels, he's writing video game and movie reviews for his Facebook page "The Frustrated Critic". He also enjoys spending time tinkering with his PC and keeping up with the latest Gaming and Tech news.

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