Late Friday night, Twitch banned two major streamers on the platform, content creators Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa and Jenelle “Indiefoxx” Dagres. Bans are another example of an ongoing process to mitigate what Twitch considers to be “content that implies sexuality.” The Siragusa and Dagres platforms had about 3.15 million and 934,610 followers. For each Streamscharts..
At the time of the press, both channels are still down.
Siragusa told Polygon that Twitch told her that the reason behind the ban was “sexual content.” Prior to the ban, Streamer performed an ASMR yoga stream, during which he took various yoga poses and used a microphone to simulate the sound of licking his ears.
“I think I have to be more careful. The atmosphere around moderation seems to’skip’things until they can’t be ignored,” Siragusa told Polygon in an email. She also emphasized that she was not the first person to do ASMR Yoga Stream.
Twitch representatives declined to comment on Polygon, Twitch’s blog on hot tub streams..
The ban follows ongoing pushes and pulls between Twitch and its creators, and the company seeks to define and mitigate what it considers to be “content that implies sexuality.” Earlier this year, with “hot tub meta” (a type of content that includes people streaming in hot tubs, usually in swimsuits), Twitch is streaming to address complaints from viewers and advertisers. I was prompted to create a new category.
In a streaming platform post about hot tub streams, Twitch acknowledged that the team “has a lot to do” when it comes to moderation. This new development is another example of how much more work is going on.