Twitch streamer DansGaming, the originator of the almost decade-old Twitch emote DansGame, has ironically run afoul of the platform's regulations on emotes. DansGaming's recent danPotty emote submission was rejected under Twitch's Sexual Content rules, the streamer has confirmed on Twitter. As a result, DansGaming has also had his instant emote submission privileges removed for the time being. DansGaming has taken the news quite poorly, angrily ending their stream and then criticizing Twitch on social media.
The emote in question is called danPotty and is presumably for Twitch chat to spam when Dan has to go to the restroom or in other funny contexts. The emote depicts a small cartoon rendition of dan entirely nude, sitting on something of a cartoon toilet. The description should make the Twitch's issue immediately apparent, as any emotes depicting nudity are banned. However, the emote is so crudely drawn that DansGaming's body appears to be nothing more than a pink blob, and it's a stretch to associate it with actual nudity. Nevertheless, Twitch's rules don't have any room to budge.
DansGaming posted to Twitter shortly after danPotty was denied, confused and angry about the situation. "If I had thought anything about this was wrong I wouldn't have uploaded it," is DansGaming's defense, and many probably do not see this as a violation of Twitch's no-nudity rule and don't view his emote as portraying nudity. Either way, he clearly disagrees with Twitch's stance.
Ultimately, DansGaming chose to blame Twitch rather than acknowledging any issue with the emote, saying, "The inconsistency of the moderation team from butt emotes to people tossing animals is getting sad." Later Saturday evening, he'd add to this thought, again criticizing the company's policies, "Twitch has had a problem with being consistent about what content they moderate. For example, no nude torsos because of sexual content, but other things like Orgasm Faces aren't moderated for this reason."
danPotty was removed for sexual content— DansGaming (@Dansgaming) November 9, 2019
..... confused pic.twitter.com/YNCFTFBQp7
At least in the case of emotes, Twitch's rules are surprisingly simple and straightforward. No nudity is allowed in an emote, period. It doesn't matter if it's cartoonish nudity or slight, partial nudity. Sexually charged emotes like butts with varying degrees of accurate anatomy are okay, so long as underwear, a bikini, or tights are visually clear. Nudity, or even implied nudity, is not fine.
In practice, while Twitch's emote policies may seem mismanaged, they're there for a reason. Twitch has to draw a line somewhere, specifically for legal reasons. Nudity is an understandable and fair line to draw and is also one that should be perfectly clear to Twitch streamers. Virtually everything else is fine.