Twitch bans harmless dog emote – “Shows sexual content or nudity”

Twitch bans harmless dog emote - "Shows sexual content or nudity"

Overwatch streamer Daniela “Deku” wasn’t thrilled because when she wanted to make a new emote available to her viewers, Twitch decided against it and banned the emote from being used.

This is the situation:

  • The streamer Deku mainly gambles on Overwatch and has an average of 141 people watching her. She also has around 760 subscribers and she wanted to upload a new, animated emote to them: a dancing white dog.
  • The dog stretches its hind quarters and tail into the camera, bobbing up and down.
  • Impossible, thinks Twitch, and doesn’t allow the streamer this emote. They wrote to her that the dog emote violated the platform’s guidelines. It shows sexual content or nudity.
  • Furthermore, it is forbidden to upload sexualized bodies, body fluids and animated pictures of buttocks. Deku couldn’t let that sit and took appropriate action (via Twitter).

Not only emotes are banned, but also streamers:

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Twitch streamer Deku defends herself against the measure

What did the streamer do? Deku tried to upload the emote a second time, only in reverse (via Twitter). To her dismay, Twitch recognized the clever attempt and blocked the pooch again.

You can see the dog emote in action here:

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“Twitch actually said, ‘Yes, we allow a half-naked woman on Twitch while she licks ear mics, but a dancing dog wagging its tail is going too far.'” tweeted deku

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She was referring to the well-known Twitch streamer Amouranth, who usually presents herself quite revealingly in her live broadcasts and licks a microphone at the same time to give the viewers a comfortable feeling.

Deku finally released her dancing dog (via Twitter): On BetterTTV, a site that allows streamers to connect their Twitch account to her and upload additional free emotes. Through the site, all viewers who have the BetterTTV browser extension can use the respective emotes without paying.

Other streamers have already used Amouranth as a negative example: After the ban, the streamer complains about Twitch’s extreme double standards.



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