On Monday the Twitch Streamer Hasan “HasanAbi” Piker was banned from Twitch due to use use of racial slurs during his stream.
Piker’s account “HasanAbi”, which has over 1.6 million followers, was banned by Twitch staff following a stream where he used the racial slur “cr*cker”. Piker was complaining after hearing that two of his moderates had had their accounts banned for using the pejorative themselves.
In response to the ban Piker made a YouTube video ranting about Twitch’s anti-racism policy. The streamer made the implication that the policy applying to all races is ridiculous and that the streaming platform would “get clowned on” if they ever openly stated that the policy applies to all races and ethnic groups.
Piker’s assessment appears to be in error as Twitch’s Hateful Conduct Policy states:
Twitch aims to be a place where everyone can come together in shared, community experiences. This vision is threatened when people experience harmful rhetoric and abuse on Twitch. Twitch does not permit behavior that is motivated by hatred, prejudice or intolerance, including behavior that promotes or encourages discrimination, denigration, harassment, or violence based on the following protected characteristics: race, ethnicity, color, caste, national origin, immigration status, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, serious medical condition, and veteran status. We also provide certain protections for age (details on which bullets apply called out below).
We define ‘protected groups’ as a subset of the population with a shared protected characteristic. Every Twitch user falls into multiple of these protected groups. Twitch affords every user globally equal protections under this policy, regardless of their particular characteristics, and we don’t make exceptions to these standards based on protected characteristics.
The policy, which has been in place since the start of 2021, does state that Twitch does not tolerate conduct that is motivated by or promotes hatred, discrimination and intolerance against any group based on characteristics that include race and ethnicity. Piker’s use of the slur is a clear violation of the hateful conduct policy. Piker’s ignorance of what the policy states suggests that the streamer and Twitch Partner may not have read the hateful conduct policy. Overwatch Streamer xQc stood up to call out use of racial slurs against calling it “trashy and unneeded” to insult anyone based on their skin color.
This is not Hasan’s first time violating Twitch’s policies regarding hateful conduct, according to StreamerBans, including this latest ban, his account has been banned on three occasions. In August of 2019 Piker received a 7-day ban and got severe public backlash after comments he made on stream stating that America deserved the 9/11 terror attacks. Piker sated during the stream “This is so insane. America deserved 9/11, dude. Fuck it, I’m saying it,” In that same stream he also made comments disparaging a sitting congressperson that is a veteran, in the comments he made light of the representative losing their eye while serving in Iraq to an IED. Piker said “What the f*** is wrong with this dude? Didn’t he go to war and like literally lose his eye because some mujahideen — a brave f****** soldier — f***** his eye hole with their d***?” Piker never made an apology for his comments only stating that the comments were “inappropriate” in an interview on The Young Turks, which is a channel owned by Hasan’s Uncle, Cenk Uygur. The half-hearted attempt at reforming his comments didn’t go over well leading to Piker bemoaning the consequences as having been “cancelled”. This pattern appears to be repeating as Piker is once again seeking fault with Twitch’s Hateful Conduct policy, rather than taking introspection on his own behavior and using this moment to become a better person.
Piker’s suspension is most likely a 7-day ban, Twitch’s favoritism towards large streamers often means that large channels being able to get away with serial violations without fear of permanent suspension or demonetization. Noting that,as with his previous violations, Hasan appears unapologetic so, sadly, this will not be the last time the streamer promotes and uses hateful conduct in his streams.