Hasan Catches Third Twitch Ban, Allegedly For Using “Cracker” During Stream
Popular Twitch streamer Hasan has caught another ban on the platform, but the reason hasn’t been revealed quite yet. It’s being alleged that his use of the word “cracker”, in his streams. At the time of his ban, he had 40,000+ viewers online, while he watched clips on his stream. The reason people think it’s his use of cracker is that he uses it in his streams, and of his viewers feel it’s a “hateful slur.” His response about the use of the word led to a brief rant. While it’s not 100% confirmed why Hasan was banned, he claims it’s exactly what it’s being alleged about.
A Debate On The Word “Cracker”
According to Hasan himself, the third Twitch ban was because of the use of that word. He said it’s because of “Anti White racism for using the term ‘cracker’”. On December 12th, the debate was whether “cracker” is a slur, and Hasan laughed, saying it isn’t. Not everyone agrees with this, but this did ultimately lead to Hasan’s third Twitch ban:
“Shut the f**k up,” Piker said in response to someone telling him to stop using the word. “Stop crying about this f**king term. Recognize the person who’s calling you a f**king cracker is literally powerless. Sorry, it’s just the truth. They’re doing it as someone who has been historically oppressed, blowing off steam. You can see it’s infantilizing or whatever the f***k, but that’s reality.”
Even worse, Hasan revealed that two of his mods were banned indefinitely for using the word “cracker”. He said on Twitter that it’s “absolutely insane that Twitch banned two of my mods for using the word cracker. One of is black and the other is brown. Does Twitch actually believe cracker is a slur?”
It is worth noting that Hasan still has his partner status, despite this ban. He’s not a stranger to controversy either, so this one isn’t exactly a surprise. He spends a fair amount of his streams talking about drama and political issues. A massive streamer with 1.6M followers and has more than 50k subs, it is a pretty strange topic to weigh in on, one way or another.
Twitch was remarkably slow to respond to accusations of hate raids and racism on their platform, but instead, opt to ban Hasan because of the use of the word “cracker”. Industry Analyst Daniel Ahmad weighed in on Twitter, saying:
“Kinda wild how Twitch responded faster to this absolute nonissue than the actual racism that POC streamers face on the platform.”
We’ve had months, years of hate raids on Twitch, and the company did little to nothing about that. It got so bad that streamers had to make their own tools to deal with hate raids. The hill Twitch chooses to stand up on is Hasan using the word “cracker”? This situation makes absolutely zero sense.