A politically focused streamer named Destiny has been indefinitely banned from Twitch. AN Shared Destiny screenshot to its subreddit indicates that the ban can only be lifted on appeal, and that it was applied to “promote, encourage or facilitate discrimination or defamation of a group of people on the basis of their protected characteristics”.
Twitch didn’t provide a definitive motivation for the ban beyond that, but one possibility is that it was related to this clip who survived the deletion of your account. In it, Destiny reflects on a rival streamer’s gender-affirming surgery, before mentioning the temptation of “41% jokes”, a reference to the rate of suicide attempts reported by transgender people in the United States in the year 2012. National Survey on Transgender Discrimination.
These comments come in the context of high-profile legislation in the US states of Utah and Texas against trans youth and a growing climate of hostility towards the trans community. For his part, the streamer that Destiny was rivaling, keffalshave recently raised over $52,000 for the Texas Equality Foundationthat advocates for the Texas LGBTQ community.
This isn’t the first time Twitch has opted for an indefinite permanent ban against a high-profile streamer. Dr Disrespect was notoriously kicked off the platform and only solved your process with the website this month. While neither party “admits any wrongdoing”, it will not return to the platform. Chess Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura was unfortunately caught in the crossfire when he broadcast analyzing Dr. received a temporary ban.