The first day Twitch is owned by Amazon ravaged by a major gambling scandal. It then revealed a new revenue split, which is worse for creators because they have to charge themselves too much for the servers. Next Bloomberg reports that the platform has a major problem when it comes to potential predators using it to target children. And now, Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is being investigated for human trafficking and accused of having sex with a minor, has announced plans to use the platform. to spread his racist whistles. “Is it Friday yet?” Maybe someone at Twitch asked.
As a platform owned by a exclusive logistics company known for squeezing competitors and unions sabotage their workersand regularly scrutinized for how it handles instances of impropriety, racism, and other hateful acts occurring on it, Twitch is no stranger to controversy.
But even in that context, this week has been a particularly bad week. The gambling backlash prompted it to rush to announce some murky new rules and somehow led to a live streamer suspended for an allegation of covering up sexual assault content. Celebrities are also going crazy because Twitch decided to pay them less, with threats boycott TwitchCon 2022 next month.
In the middle of all this Bloomberg reported that, according to a study shared with it as well as its own, a total of 1,976 users likely targeted 279,016 children on Twitch over a two-year period. “Even a single case of grooming disgusts us,” said Twitch product manager Tom Verrilli. Bloomberg. “If it’s valid, the data you reference proves that we haven’t offered the level of protection we’re trying to achieve — which is very disappointing to you. This work is incredibly important to everyone at Twitch and we will never stop.”
How could things get worse for the social media platform that generated $2.6 billion in revenue last year? Enter Matt Gaetz.
“I’m joining Twitch to bring my America First message to a new generation of viewers,” he announced on Twitter on Thursday. “Twitch will be joining the lineup of platforms I stream on, including Rumble, GETTRTwitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. “
The news arrived less than a week later washington articles report that Congressman Florida has requested a pardon from President Trump in connection with a sex trafficking investigation being conducted by the US Department of Justice. Given background information about this probe, Post write:
The Justice Department’s investigation into whether Gaetz paid for sex, paid women to cross state lines for sex, and had sex with a 17-year-old man, opened in the last months of the Trump administration with the approval of Attorney General William P. Barr. The investigation stems from a federal investigation into Gaetz’s friend, who has now been convicted of sex trafficking. Gaetz has denied paying for sex or having sex with a minor as an adult.
Sex with a 17-year-old is considered statutory rape in Florida. But Gaetz probably won’t be coming to Twitch to discuss that.
Instead, he will probably use the platform to peddler white substitution theoryRacist ideology referenced earlier this year by Buffalo mass shooting gametalk about how women are too ugly to need an abortiondo permutation tweets, or spouting other nonsense to troll himself for another two years in office. A Twitch spokesperson declined to comment on the profile, but directed Kotaku to it Community guide and plans for Resolve misinformation and “do not perform service. “
The company banned live streamers for less. We’ll see how long this takes.