Streamer ShyBear is calling Twitch out after receiving a short ban from the platform for wearing “sexually suggestive” clothing. She argues that her clothing wasn’t revealing, and Twitch’s failure to communicate post-ban is leaving her even more frustrated.
On Sunday, ShyBear tweeted her dismay at her second punishment in the past three months. In January, she was given a three-day ban for her sexually suggestive drawing of a nude woman.
She was especially livid about what happened last weekend. She tweeted out a photo of what she was wearing—a sleeveless top with a high neckline—and wrote to the Twitch’s Twitter accounts, “PLEASE tell me how this is sexually suggestive and deserves a suspension?! there are people wearing WAY worse with twitch staff sitting in their channels. HOW?! This is getting out of hand.”
A few people wrote in response that her top was see-through—if it was, it was barely noticeable—but she wrote, “Yes, but there’s people who wear bathing [suits], body paint, or flat out just wear less. I am covering more than a lot of people.”
She was even more annoyed that Twitch apparently didn’t respond to her emails and tweets about her ban. She said Twitch should adopt policies akin to its rival streaming service Mixer, which does not have a dress code in its terms of service.
“Be transparent with your rules,” wrote ShyBear, who has about 49,000 Twitch followers. “[Be] straight forward. Be more like @WatchMixer.”
Twitch doesn’t comment on individual accounts, but its community guidelines on sexual content sate, “Streaming is a public activity, therefore we recommend creators wear attire that is appropriate public attire for a given context, intent, or activity. For game streams, most at home streams, and profile/channel imagery, we recommend attire appropriate for public settings, such as what you would wear on a public street, or to a mall or restaurant. … Attire intended to be sexually suggestive and nudity are prohibited. Attire (or lack of attire) intended to be sexually suggestive includes undergarments, intimate apparel, or exposing/focusing on male or female genitals, buttocks, or nipples.”
When ShyBear’s channel was reinstated, she found that a huge chunk of her subscriber base was missing.
“Can someone tell me why after this suspension they took away 35,000 of my followers?” she tweeted on Monday.
By Tuesday morning, ShyBear’s subscriber base had been returned. But Twitch’s strikes against her—and her animosity toward the platform—remain.
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