AOC Introduces New Measure to Stop Army From Recruiting on Twitch
Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is taking a stand against the Army, or the military at large, from using Twitch as a military recruitment tool. The practices used by the Army are already pretty sneaky and shifty, to be sure. AOC filed a draft amendment on July 22 to the House Appropriations bill. But what does it do? It would stop the military from using funds to maintain a digital presence on Twitch.tv or other gaming/esports live streaming platforms. There’s no guarantee this will go through, but it’s an excellent start.
A Start for Pentagon Budgeting
As we said, there’s no promise that this will go through, but it’s certainly necessary. A lengthy political process will have to happen first. There’s the House Appropriations Committee on Rules that will decide on it going forward, and that’s meeting will be on July 27. There’s so much that they have to go through to make sure this happens, but honestly?
The U.S. Army recruiting young people through shady methods on Twitch is vile, and kudos to AOC for seeing it, and doing what she can to stop it. Ocasio-Cortex spoke to Motherboard about this. “It’s incredibly irresponsible for the Army and the Navy to be recruiting impressionable young people and children via live streaming platforms. War is not a game, and the Marine Corps’ decision not to engage in this recruiting tool should be a clear signal to the other branches of the military to cease this practice entirely.”
Perhaps one of the worst things was the Army using fake giveaways as a recruitment tool on Twitch. The way it worked is the military was using gaming on Twitch with giveaways they were promoting. You could win some pretty cool stuff to give them some of your personal information, but there’s a catch; these weren’t real giveaways!
On top of that, the Twitch army (and other military) streams banned anyone from mentioning the phrase “war crimes” in their streams. It’s probably a surprise to many that the military even have esports teams or live streams, but it’s true! They were doing some pretty rude things to recruit people into the military machine, so we’re glad to see a stop to this (hopefully). Banning people for asking about the government’s war crimes isn’t a bannable offense, either.
“Calling out the government’s war crimes isn’t harassment, it’s speaking truth to power,” tweeted the ACLU. “And banning users who ask important questions isn’t “flexing,” it’s unconstitutional.”
But you could win a $200 controller, by simply filling out a simple form! That sounds pretty great. Twitch’s silence during the start of this was honestly disgusting, but it’s not shocking. We’ll have to see where AOC’s amendment goes in regards to the Army using Twitch to recruit young, impressionable gamers.