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10 November 2019 06:38

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Everyone was surprised when StephenIRL was banned from Twitch in September for brandishing a weapon, but no one was as shocked as the bounty hunter himself. Now, having returned to Twitch, he has told Dexerto exactly why he was removed from the platform, and revealed his frustrations with the ban. Stephen has one of the most-known IRL channels on Twitch, with his intense livestreams giving audiences an insight into the world of bounty hunting and chasing down criminals. However, the streaming personality's account was in peril in September after Twitch permanently banned him without warning – now the bounty hunter is speaking out. Twitch: StephenIRL The IRL streamer gives viewers a unique look at the world of bounty hunting during his broadcasts.

StephenIRL's Twitch ban On September 11 the streamer posted on Twitter that his account had been permanently banned, and stated it was for "brandishing a weapon" during his broadcast. In an interview with Dexerto, he detailed his frustrations with how the ban was handled as the streaming platform took days to communicate specifically what incident it took issue with. Read More: Asmongold retains Twitch viewership despite WoW Classic decline "It took a few days for me to get the exact occurrence of the incident in question due to the fact the VODs or clips couldn't be referenced since my channel had been removed," he said. "I wasn't entirely sure for which incident the ban occurred until I was provided a timestamp a few days later and referenced my own local recordings." While showing a weapon on stream might sound controversial, US bounty hunters are allowed to carry firearms, depending on which state they're in. And the streamer had shown weapons on his channel before, which made the ban initially confusing.

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Curiously, the bounty hunter was a partner with the streaming platform for over a year, which meant they had to be at least somewhat familiar with the content shown during his broadcasts. Why StephenIRL was banned When asked why Twitch suddenly took issue with him showing a weapon on stream given that the channel had featured firearms before, Stephen explained that it was to do with context. "My understanding is that the ban did not occur for showing a weapon on stream, but for presenting a weapon in a context in which a weapon, lethal or non-lethal, could potentially be used on another person, regardless of being in compliance with local laws," he said. The ban was initially permanent, although Stephen says he was encouraged to appeal the platform's decision, which he eventually won as his channel was reinstated in October. The streamer said that according to local law, he had not actually brandished a weapon but acknowledged "it did however violate their [Twitch] terms of service; specifically their definition of "brandishing a weapon." Stephen wishes things were communicated better Stephen clarified that while he was initially frustrated with the ban, he has no issue with the content Twitch doesn't want on its platform. "My initial response was one of frustration, primarily for the reason that nothing had been communicated to me until the decision was made to permanently ban my channel," he said. Twitch: StephenIRL The bounty hunter admits that arresting people on stream might be seen as "edgy" for some. The bounty hunter then acknowledged that he understands why some may see his content as "edgy" and why Twitch might not want all of his content on their platform. "My application of Twitch Partnership was approved over a year ago, and much of the content streamed up to that point would have been considered in violation of TOS based upon recent communication," he explained. "Had they initially communicated their concerns when they arose, I would have immediately stopped streaming the content in question." The future of his Twitch channel While the IRL streamer's channel was unbanned in October, the bounty hunter had to make some changes such as cutting the stream when raiding a house, or arresting a victim with violence. Read More: Twitch streamer hits back at troll who called her stream "trash" The Twitch channel now "goes dark" and links viewers to a private server, where the rest of the stream can be watched away from the platform to avoid any future upsets. — Stephen (@StephenIRL_) October 17, 2019 Khanada Fortnite Banned from Twitch By Noam Radcliffe | Nov 09 2019 Fortnite streamer Khanada was banned by Twitch on Friday for having a banned account appear on his stream. Khanada Fortnite Banned from Twitch In a recent stream, Khanada played with fellow Fortnite streamer Zayn, who was already serving a ban from Twitch. This violated a Twitch rule preventing banned streamers from appearing on other broadcasts, leading the company to ban Khanada for three days. Twitch deemed it irrelevant that Khanada kept Zayn muted during the broadcast. Zayn, for his part, received his latest indefinite ban for evading his ban by using a burner account to view streams during the ban's duration. Khanada's ban will affect competition in the Fortnite Championship Series, as his teammates Tfue, Cloak and Fiber will not be able to broadcast their time competing without risking a similar ban.