Minecraft Streamer Banned On Twitch Twice For Harassing Himself
Twitch is notorious for banning some of its highest-profile streamers, either accidentally or incorrectly. Most recently, Call of Duty mogul and anti-cheat combatant Thomas "Tommey" Trewren was banned from the platform for just shy of six hours due to a "mistake" on Twitch's behalf.
Now, it appears that the long twisted hand of the law has stricken again for Twitch, as they have handed out one of the most bizarre bans yet.
Minecraft YouTuber and streamer George “GeorgeNotFound’’ Davidson has been banned on not one, but two accounts due to "harassment via username". However, the only person harassed by his username was himself.
Davidson's woes first stemmed from his alternate account "ThisIsNotGeorgeNotFound" which boasts no small feat of 321,000 followers. On March 13, the account was indefinitely suspended due to the "severe nature" of a violation of the Community Guidelines.
Twitch's justification email stated "Based on a review of your activity or content, we have issued a Community Guidelines strike on your account", which resulted in his access to their services being "indefinitely restricted".
And, if GeorgeNotFound was once bitten, he was twice shy, as only a matter of hours later he had caught Twitch's eye again.
After being unbanned, Twitch indefinitely banned Davidson's alt account again, this time with the accusations of "harassment via username”. The second email stated "having a username that explicitly insults another user,” “having a username that threatens negative action towards another user,” and “having a username that promotes self-harm in conjunction with malicious chat activity, such as telling another user to kill themselves” could all be reasons as to why this name is labelled as "harassing".
The username does neither of the listed reasons though, although it could be perceived as an impersonator should Twitch have done minimal research into the account (excluding email addressed, names, and even matching player cams to his main account, but hey ho)
ThisIsNotGeorgeNotFound has now had his account reinstated - for the meantime. Whilst the results have been settled, it doesn't paint Twitch in the best of light. The platform was recently slammed over their refund policy that apparently encouraged viewers to troll streamers', failing to escape the negative headlines.
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