Twitch Accused of Racism After Hot Tub Streamer Ban
ExoHydraX’s recent hot tub stream earned a ban from Twitch and now the CoD player accuses the platform of racism. A partnered streamer, and a frequent user of what’s been dubbed the “hot tub meta”, she received a three-day ban for “sexually suggestive content”. No matter how you may feel about these streams, as long as it’s not against the rules on Twitch, they’re going to keep happening. However, it seems that not everything is fair in how these streams are punished, according to ExoHydraX. Twitch’s official statement about this meta was made pretty clear in a recent “Just Chatting” stream by djWHEAT:
“We understand at Twitch this has been getting a lot of attention from the community lately, and we have been watching closely,” he stated. “Our nudity and attire policy does allow bathing suits in an appropriate context, and hot tubs do fall under that criteria.”
Is Twitch Not Punishing Fairly?
According to ExoHydraX, Twitch is guilty of racism in how they handle the hot tub meta punishments. It seems that the white female streamers are punished less for these streams, according to the CoD player. A similar punishment was levied onto ImJasmine, who is also a woman of color. The difference in the two situations is that had a wardrobe malfunction during the stream. That is one of the unfortunate challenges and risks when having one of these hot tub streams.
ExoHydra had this to say on Twitter, but the Tweet seems to have been deleted:
“Good luck being black and being a streamer on Twitch,” Exo said of the situation. “I do the exact same content that yt girl do, but yet I get banned but they don’t? Beyond disappointing. THIS ISN’T OK.”
Now admittedly, what ExoHydra wore in the stream isn’t all that different from some of her other hot tub streams, but Twitch still handed her a ban – is it racism, or simply poor judgment on Twitch’s part? Twitch does have a long history of not punishing offending parties the same way (or at all).
Whether or not it’s racism on the part of Twitch in how they handle the bans for the hot tub meta, that remains to be seen. It does however feel Twitch should take more time and punish streams in a more balanced manner. It could always just be another vindictive streamer mass reporting ExoHydra’s stream. While many love these casual streams, there are quite a few other streamers/viewers that see it as something that doesn’t belong on the Amazon-owned streaming giant. That’s not for us to decide. Twitch has pointed out that the hot tub streams are not against the TOS, provided the streamers follow the rules put down. It’s certainly an issue that needs further discussion and more balanced punishment, if a stream should get out of hand.