Twitch replaced PogChamp with new faces every day for the rest of this year. Although the original intention of the platform was good, the actual deployment was still chaotic. Some live broadcasters highlighted under the new initiative have been suffering more and more harassment during their PogChamp tenure. Many fans hope that the live broadcast service will be more proactive in supporting these broadcasters.
PogChamp is one of the most popular emoticons on the platform, but after the last attack on Capitol Hill, Gutierrez used social media to incite “further violence”
Twitch tweeted on January 6th: “We hope that Pog’s emotions and use will continue-it’s meaning is far greater than the portrayed or portrayed character itself, and it occupies an important place in Twitch culture.” Continued use of images in good faith . “
Twitch quotes streamer and former Starcraft 2 Expert Sean Plott came up with a new idea. He suggested creating a database of different PogChamp faces from different ribbons. Kenny “unroolie” McWild is PogChamp’s first new face, followed by streamer and dancer Umi No Kaiju, Pokémon streamer reverse, and actor and singer Omega Jones (also known as Critical Bard). Everyone played the role of PogChamp for 24 hours, and on Tuesday, drag queen Deere took over the title.
Although some people hesitate about this idea, especially when it comes to linking the popularity and language of emoji with real people, it is also actively welcomed by people because it can promote marginalized creators on Twitch. Hope that by adding more streamers, Twitch can help create a more inclusive community. In fact, in the past few days, PogChamp expression experiments have shown a variety of ribbons. However, members of the Twitch community criticized the company for not doing well enough to protect these ribbons from harassment caused by visibility.
After broadcasting their faces to Twitch’s 7.8 million Twitter, so far, each selected streamer has received more and more attention. This is good: Twitch brings new voices to the forefront of the service. But there is also a disadvantage, that is the toxicity sometimes brought by the Twitch community.
On January 10, PogChamp’s face was reversed. He said he was PogChamp’s face and was slightly tempted-but not enough to spoil his experience. After Jones took over the position on January 11, the harassment was quite different.
Although Jones stated that he received strong support from viewers and fans, his social media accounts (including Monday’s live broadcast) also received “a lot of harmful news and death threats”. “I did prepare for the Twitch and Discord hosts for what might happen. Considering that I am a black man, he will become a global emoji that Twitch has long been beloved of,” Jones told Polygon via Twitter DM.
He said that the harassment was a comment made by Jones when he explained “the difference between saying that white life is important and black life is important.”Specifically, people latched to Jones and said that “the white man’s life is okay”, and removed from what he actually said: white people can be proud of their heritage-as if they are Scots or Irish-but worth it Pride is white Do not It’s like being proud of black people.
“Black people have to say “black life is important” because we stole it from a country, […] “Our heritage and identity have been taken away,” he said. “All we know is our darkness. There is a difference.”
Critics of social media cited “reverse racism” in Jones’s comments, although given the larger power dynamics, this does not exist in the US
Twitch told Polygon via email that it was in “close contact” with the ribbons highlighted in the PogChamp experiment.
The spokesperson said in a statement: “Each day to emphasize a new PogChamp is an idea directly from our community, and it was created to celebrate the diversity of creators on Twitch.” “Although we see the community and key followers Both have received overwhelmingly positive responses, but we also maintain close contact with the new faces of PogChamp to provide support as needed. We will not tolerate harassment of Twitch and will take action on any service behavior that violates our rules.”
But Jones said Twitch has not done enough. He told Polygon: “I just want them to realize that they have the ability to calm a lot of things.” “The total prohibition of people who contribute to these flames makes it harder for people to make statements about harassment. There is nothing to say that racists and bigots flourish The silence of development. Speak clearly, the stand against racism and hatred is far beyond their imagination. Don’t wait for blacks or marginalized people to send you messages-we don’t have to educate you on how to get better security.”
Community members agreed, including content creator and activist Natasha “Zombaekillz” Zinda, who led Twitch’s early accusations, including Black Twitch Streamer. She tweeted on Tuesday: “Whenever one of us has a chance, the mod battle cry.” “As long as we succeed, we will feel fear. Eliminate our contribution. That’s why I said it.”
People screamed Jones, especially after the harassment on social media increased significantly. The main point of the fans is that Twitch’s ideas are good, but the implementation needs to protect the streamers, especially considering the platform’s track record of using emojis to express racist audiences.
“Again, Twitch doesn’t seem to understand how their community is divided, and now, various viewers are harassing their new streamer of choice to be emoji,” Twitch streamer JG (also known as UTxJGTheDon) told Polygon via email.
Similarly, after Twitch implemented Deere as the new PogChamp, streamers gained a mix of support and harassment, including phobias.
UTxJGTheDon said: “This always happens when Twitch tries to promote inclusiveness in any form.” “There must be a greater dialogue between the people who regularly use the platform and the high-level people who run the platform. Until Twitch completely condemns it. Any form of hostile/toxic behavior will stop such things.”