Source: Daily Mail
Last Wednesday, a number of channels in a popular streaming network called Twitch went dark in support of #ADayOffTwitch, a boycott movement designed to address the issue of hate and harassment that have plagued the social media site for the past several weeks.
A movement that was created by popular Twitch streamers, such as ShineyPen, Lucia Everblack, and RekitRaven, the walkout was dedicated to spreading awareness across the world, enabling content creators to voice out their sufferings in the controversial platform.
Born out of the #TwitchDoBetter campaign, a movement that was created by streamers who were greatly affected by the hate raids that exploded across the digital platform in recent weeks, #ADayOffTwitch serves as a sub-campaign that urges the Amazon-owned company to deploy better tools that hinder the existence of harassment in the space. While bombing a streamer’s chat with racist, sexist, transphobic, and generally abusive comments is considered an ordinary circumstance, some streamers are taking a stand, saying “enough is enough.”
“A Day Off [Twitch] is largely about coming together in solidarity. The one day off is a step in the many steps we have to take towards change,” ShineyPen, a Filipino trans streamer who began the movement, shared in an interview.
Another Twitch streamer, RekitRaven, also expressed her support for the walkout. She said, “I think it’s important to band together for the good of everyone who’s been affected and to show that we’re not gonna back down.”
While the movement is promising and philanthropic, the responses to #ADayOffTwitch has been varied, even among its supporters. Some contend that the sub-campaign is not feasible for small-time streamers, ultimately acknowledging the fact that Twitch is one of their biggest sources of income. For others who maintain an affiliate status in the controversial platform, they jeopardize the health of their channel by taking a day off.
There are also a number of streamers who oppose #ADayOffTwitch for more practical reasons. As a matter of fact, Asmongold, a long-time World of Warcraft who is currently making headlines in the gaming arena, has expressed that no one is going to care about the campaign unless every other big streamer joins the movement. He has over 2.4 million followers to date.
“I accept that not everyone will be on board with supporting #ADayOffTwitch,” ShineyPen said. “I believe that many, not all, of these bigger creators, are speaking from a privileged perspective,” she added.
In the middle of these varied responses and some unwelcoming remarks, RekitRaven seems nonchalant. The online streamer is determined to make a difference through their promising campaign. “All I can say is I’m not worried about that. We’re already making an impact. The world is watching,” she shared.
While #ADayOffTwitch is garnering much traction around the globe, Twitch is also watching how streamers plan to unfold the event. A spokesperson for Twitch said in an interview, “We support our streamers’ rights to express themselves and bring attention to important issues across our service. No one should have to experience malicious and hateful attacks based on who they are or what they stand for, and we are working hard on improved channel-level ban evasion detection and additional account improvements to help make Twitch a safer place for creators.”
In recent weeks, Twitch has already promised that a couple of fixes are underway, but streamers are left to fend off for themselves against these debilitating hate raids.