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Popular Gaming Streamer’s Twitch Channel Used To Promote Porn

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Twitch is one of the most popular live video streaming platforms that is now hitting a little more than eight years old with a user traffic next to the likes of YouTube of course and when it comes to gaming streamers, we would pretty much recommend you to the network that is ever busy with many of the most famous gamers busy streaming their gameplay skills from Fornite to Apex Legends to Dota 2, you name it.

And as much as Twitch has won the hearts and minds of some of the most skilled gamers across the world, one particular Fortnite pro who goes by the alias name of “Ninja” is at serious crossheads with the Amazon subsidiary’s executives after his offline channel was used to stream videos from other pages including a porn broadcast.

This past weekend saw Ninja go to social media and call out the platform for promoting other people’s content without his consent whatsoever, something if you thought about it, would be totally reasonable to complain about. But to make matters a little more interesting, Twitch’s CEO, Emmett Shear responded to these allegations by totally denying, saying that the platform was “experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline.”

The streamer who had just signed a deal with a rival platform by Microsoft called Mixer might have had fans all over questioning his decision to lose the kind of following he had already garnered all for a new deal, but it now seems like he has even more reason to focus on the new channel now.

If you visited Ninja’s page earlier, you wouldn’t see his old broadcasts but would instead be introduced to a list of other popular channels, which was what made him give a public complaint on Twitter saying “They advertise other channels [on my channel]. They don’t do this for anyone else that’s offline by the way, just me, and there are also other streamers who have signed with other platforms whose channel still remains the same.” And it just so happened to be true, contrary to Emmett Shear’s words.

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But it all went downhill on Sunday morning when, a channel showing porn was one of the most-watched streams on the platform, attracting thousands of viewers before it was shut down by Twitch. The stream made it onto the list of recommendations on Ninja’s channel, as shown in this image.  He then posted a video shortly after on Twitter, apologising for the content that was recommended through his channel.

But for anyone who thinks that Ninja’s new venture will get him to lose a lot of followers, you will be surprised to hear that in about more than a week he already sits just shy of 1.5 million subscribers. Twitch through its CEO, later on, went to apologise to Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins for the appearance of a porn video on the streamer’s offline Twitch page.

And however much it happened to one streamer, it goes to raise the question of whether other channels will be violated this way and how many are on the line.

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