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Streamer XQC Receives 72 Hour Twitch Ban For Watching SFW Porn

Update: His ban was lifted not too long into the 72 hours.

Top 10 streamer and former Overwatch pro XQC will be banned from twitch for 3 days starting tomorrow for streaming a a pornographic video on his stream. The video, called SFW Porn, is a Youtube video that's been around for a decade in which hardcore pornography is comically colored over with non-porngraphic drawings.

Despite the fact that all of the sex depicted in the video is covered up, a diligent viewer managed to comb the video frame by frame until they found a split second in which you could clearly see a narrow section of a man's penis. XQC was evidently reported with this evidence and will be suspended from Twitch for 72 hours starting tomorrow.

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Interestingly, XQC was given a heads up about the ban and was actually able to continue streaming today, relaying to his audience that the ban will go into effect tomorrow. This is pretty uncommon for Twitch bans, which typically happen the moment Twitch decides that an infraction has occurred. Seldom are streamers allowed to "turn themselves in" so to speak and permitted to continue streaming for any length of time, but somehow, XQC is an exception. The inconsistent judgements handed down from Twitch continue to pile up and unfortunately, this incident can be tied back, once again, to Alinity.

Alinity, the streamer who recently drew a ton of negative attention on Twitter and Reddit for tossing her cat during a stream, also had an incident involving the accidental exposure of a penis. In her case, she tabbed into her Discord  during a stream in January to share a link with her subscribers just as some one posted a picture of a penis. Alinity lingered for just a moment before screaming and closing the window, clearly surprised by what she just saw. Alinity wasn't banned, but XQC was.

There are some differences between their situations of course: the nudity shown on XQC's stream was imperceptible to the naked eye while the image shown on Alinity's stream was unmistakably, undeniably a human penis. On the other hand, when XQC started watching the video on stream he paused the video and announced "I can't watch this dude!" before playing the video again, clearly showing that he knew he could get in trouble for streaming it.

Whether that was a factor in the ban or not is unknown, and don't expect Twitch to provide a statement or any explanation for their decisions. Twitch's inconsistent handling of it's streamers and poor communication is becoming a major issue for its audience, and with the competition, including Youtube, gaining momentum every day, Twitch should be thinking about addressing how they can handle these situations more professionally and consistently.

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