Ninja Understandably Upset That His Old Twitch Channel Was Promoting A Porn Stream

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who recently left his 14 million-follower Twitch account behind to go and stream on rival platform Mixer, has issued a statement labelled “disgusted and so sorry” today after that now-dormant account — which he no longer operates — was promoting streams from other users, including one broadcasting pornography.

Ninja obviously has no control over that Twitch landing page now, since he’s left the service for good, and is dismayed in this video below that the page is showcasing other streamer’s content.

While stating that his split from Twitch had to this point been handled professionally, he says the promotion of a porn stream to a still-sizeable audience — not everyone will have got the news that he’s moved platforms — is crossing “the line”, leading Ninja to begin attempts to get his entire page taken down, “or at least not promote other streamers and other channels”.

Here’s an example of how Twitch began handling Ninja’s departure last week, using a Mario joke to promote other Fortnite streamers active on the platform (presumably based on whichever streams were trending playing Fortnite):

Here, though, is how that same page looked earlier today, with the top-trending clip being some straight-up porn:

Image: @KEEMSTAR

At time of posting the Mario joke has been removed and Ninja’s page is now only displaying old videos of his previous streams, with no promotion of any other channel’s work.


Comments

    Well we've known for a while now that twitch was sketchy as hell.

    I'm not a twitch user but can't you delete your channel or page?

      You can. Usually it shows a message that says 'sorry, unless you have a time machine that content is unavailable', but in this case Twitch included a custom message and a recommendations panel.

      The porn that appeared in that panel is the same problem as when people spammed porn in the Artifact category not long ago - someone started streaming it and botted views enough to get it to the top of 'Fortnite live now' category, people saw it and took screenshots, and then Twitch banned the account. The account in question had never streamed before so Twitch had no pattern of behaviour to predict, so it really comes down to whether their response time was quick enough or too slow.

        Don't know how they could ever stop this from happening, maybe if they could use machine learning to identify pornograpic content it could be insta banned, put some sort of delay like the used to do for live TV in case someone swore.

          It's basically impossible to prevent, yeah. It's not a unique problem for Twitch either, Facebook had the same difficulty stopping videos of the Christchurch massacre. That's why I think it's really about how quickly the provider reacts. Aside from that, all you can do is tighten account registration in hopes of having something to refer to police when something like this eventually happens.

            That's the problem with anonymity.
            If the internet stays anonymous this will continue, but at the same time anonymity is the the backbone of the internet. Which is more valuable.

            They also rely on user reports.

            Twitch staff can only do so much, they aren't online 24/7 and cant check every single stream.

            If enough people report a stream it will get taken down quickly.

              Still they retained the shell of his account to promote other users on their platform on the back of his popularity. Twitch are at least in part responsible for allowing this to occur in his individual case. It's the internet ffs, do they not learn? He should not be the one having to apologise IMO, seems like a stand up guy.

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