Nightbot, the go-to chatbot for streamers, temporarily got the ban hammer on Twitch after it received a falsified DMCA strike from a Turkish TV channel called Digiturk. Nightbot is an invaluable resource for streamers, providing automated responses and moderation in chat and boasting plenty of customizable features. When Nightbot went down due to the sudden ban, the internet was set ablaze.
The outage didn't last long — totaling all of six chaotic minutes before the issue was resolved. The creators of Nightbot took to Twitter to inform its users that it was back online, passive-aggressively digging at Digiturk for their role in getting the bot taken down.
apologies for the nightbot outage on twitch. nightbot is back online now. everyone can thank @Digiturk for sending a falsified DMCA takedown notice and for the subsequent outage since Twitch revokes all API access tokens on bans 🤗 pic.twitter.com/NpEWZHqlU2— Nightbot (@nightbotapp) December 1, 2019
The takedown notice is particularly revealing. What was the copyrighted work in question? Why, "COPYRIGHT" of course.
Users were clearly unhappy with Digiturk after the blame was assigned, many going along with the sarcastic approach set up by the original post on Nightbot's Twitter account.
Thank you, indeed, Digiturk.
Abusing DMCA strikes has been a pattern of late, mainly ailing small YouTube creators. Famously, Alinity decided to abuse the DMCA system on the platform upon realizing that PewDiePie used the word "Twitch thot" in a video that used a few seconds of her footage. "I'm gonna copystrike this guy" became the phrase heard-round-the-world, shedding light on the issue of unjust DMCA strikes.
In most cases, DMCA strikes aren't legitimate because the material in question is usually subject to transformative content, such as commentary or editing, but this hasn't stopped the abuse of current systems. Copystriking has largely favored the one filing the claim, making it easy to take down content, even claiming revenue in multiple cases.
In the case of Twitch, it seems that this problem persists; Nightbot was banned immediately based on one unverified claim. It seems odd that Twitch doesn't elect to suspend the streaming feature on an account before review, rather than instantly banning an account upon receiving a claim. Workflow changes are required in this department if Twitch hopes to avoid the same issues that have plagued YouTube for years.