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Twitch Streamer xQc Banned for 72 Hours for Watching Porn

Twitch Streamer xQc

Twitch has been making headlines a lot recently with accusations that the streaming platform isn't treating all users of the site equally. The lastest Twitch streamer to come under fire is "xQc," an Overwatch professional player who received a 72-hour ban from the site after streaming a pornographic video online.

xQc broke the news to fans during a live stream yesterday announcing that Twitch had confirmed that he would be banned from streaming on the site for three days, which is likely to begin at some point today. The former Overwatch professional has received the ban after live-streaming a YouTube video called "Safe For Work Porn," which features multiple pornographic clips that have been colorfully drawn over for the sake of humor.

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While all of the pornographic content has been covered up, given that the video was uploaded onto YouTube back in 2009, there are multiple frames in one of the scenes where some genuinely NSFW material is seen. Normally, in these situations, Twitch would administer the ban immediately, however, the popular streamer has been provided with sufficient notice leading many to believe that Twitch is giving special treatment to popular streamers.

“The other day, we watched the ‘safe at work’ video or whatever, remember?. And it was fine. Technically, it was fine. Growl (a Twitch employee) in chat said it was sexually suggestive, but [Twitch] told me that it wasn’t technically suggestive, so it was fine. But then, after review, they said that in the video, there is a frame that isn’t fully covered. And there’s a piece of dick that shows up at some point, and I’m getting banned for three days for it. It’ll probably start tomorrow or the day after that.”

Twitch's decision to ban xQc has created significant controversy in the community, following a similar situation in January where Twitch streamer Alinity accidentally displayed a picture of male genitalia live on stream without anything covering it up and received no ban or warning from the platform.

Of course, Alinity's situation was was clearly an accident with the streamer quickly shutting down the window to avoid any further exposure, whereas, in the case of xQc, he was intentionally watching the video on stream whether he was aware of the images inside or not. Alinity has found herself under fire again recently after throwing her cat during a live-stream.

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