Ninja "Disgusted" After Twitch Accidentally Promotes Porn On His Old Channel
"This is the line."
Twitch recently promoted a pornographic stream on the now-defunct channel of popular streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins. While that stream has since been pulled, Ninja has responded to say he is "disgusted and so sorry".
The streaming star recently left Twitch to sign an exclusive deal with rival streaming platform Mixer. If you visited his old Twitch page on August 11, however, rather than finding his old broadcasts, you were presented with a list of popular live channels. One of the most-watched streams during this time was a channel showing porn, which appeared on the list of recommendations on Ninja's channel before Twitch eventually shut down the illicit stream.
Ninja posted on Twitter shortly after, apologizing to anybody that saw the recommendation and expressing his disgust that something like this happened.
"I have no say in any of this stuff," he said. "This is the line, this is the straw. I've been trying to get the whole channel taken down to begin with, or at least not promote other streamers and other channels on my brand, on my friggin profile. So for anyone who saw that, I apologize and I'm sorry."
The streamer's Twitch channel has since reverted back to showing his past broadcasts, though this may only be a temporary change.
Emmett Shear, the CEO of Twitch, has apologized to Ninja and explained why these recommendations appeared in the first place.
"Our community comes to Twitch looking for live content," he said in a post on Twitter. "To help ensure they find great, live channels, we’ve been experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer's pages that are offline." This refutes Ninja's claim that Twitch doesn't do this with any other dormant channels, "Just me."
Shear goes on to say, "This helps all streamers as it creates new community connections. However, the lewd content that appeared on Ninja's offline channel page grossly violates our terms of service, and we've permanently suspended the account in question. We have also suspended these recommendations while we investigate how this content came to be promoted." He concludes with an apology to Ninja, "It wasn't our intent, but it should not have happened. No excuses."
Ninja's move to Mixer has been smooth otherwise. He's already amassed over 1 million subscribers.
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