“A human decision”: why Samuel Etienne is still banned from Twitch | TechBuzz

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Samuel Etienne’s Twitch channel was banned for 24 hours, simply because the host and streamer dared to show, for a split second, an article from Liberation illustrated by a naked couple.

Twitch can be very responsive when it comes to moderation, it just depends on the topics. While the platform struggles to protect streamers who are victims of cyberbullying, the slightest occurrence of nudity is severely punished, even when the decision is perfectly absurd.

The host Samuel Etienne, who in a few months has become one of the most popular French streamers on Twitch, paid the price again on August 25, 2022, as he reported on his Twitter account. The 50-year-old saw his channel banned for 24 hours for having… shown his viewers an article from the paper version of the newspaper Liberation.

Banned for showing an article from a major French daily

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The article is titled Male contraception: women are reluctant to let men take over, and completes a dossier reserved for the theme of a reversal of the burden of reproductive control in order to make men responsible. Samuel Etienne is one of the signatories of a call to better develop work around male contraception so that the options are more numerous and easy to access.

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The reason for the banishment of 24 hours from Samuel Etienne’s channel? A glimpsed photo // Source: Twitch/samueletienne

But this article is illustrated by a daring, very successful photo: a naked woman climbing on the back of her naked boyfriend, too. You have to look carefully to catch a glimpse of the top of her sex. But this centimeter of flesh was enough: the Gods of moderation have spoken. Or rather, a human moderation, like affirms it Samuel Etienne: Do not imagine that this moderation is the blind and uncritical work of a robot, it is indeed a human decision (American more than French, I specify). Asked by Numerama, the streamer confirms this procedure, having been informed by Twitch France. This would mean that someone saw or reported the content in question and that it was not simply detected and reported by the platform’s algorithm: a moderator decided that according to Twitch rules, this piece of skin barely shown is enough to be punished.

In an excerpt he shares, we also see that when he opened the daily page live in front of his subscribers the day before, the host suspected that Twitch might not appreciate the photo of drawing. We can also hear him gently ironically: Liberation, stop putting people all naked, how do I read this article in your pages? Then I’ll get banned! This was not lacking.

Nudity does not pass on Twitch

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Twitch and moderation issues have been going on for years. The American platform is regularly singled out for its arbitrary treatment of nudity: like many other platforms, it notably judges that men’s nipples are acceptable, but not those of women.

Last October, Samuel Etienne had already been banned from Twitch, but for three days, also for a story of nudity: he presented, in his press review, an article from Le Parisien in which there was a screenshot of the TV movie Execution (1961), immortalizing the buttocks of actress Nicole Paquin – a scene which had already caused a scandal at the time.

« So we’re back in 1961. Twitch is an American company and it’s their rule that applies here. Recalling the recent censorship by social networks of great painters, who had confused them with pornography “, had regretted at the time the streamer.

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In the fall of 2021, Twitch was the victim of a massive data leak, which made it possible to know precisely the rules that the service teaches its moderators. In a slide, we clearly observed the rule according to which “ partial or complete exposure of male or female genitalia is considered adult nudity and is strictly prohibited.

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Moderation instructions on Twitch // Source: Numerama screenshot

Samuel Etienne will be able to stream again on the evening of August 26: his channel will become accessible once the 24 hours of punishment have passed.





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