Amazon bans several Twitch accounts for spreading Russian propaganda

As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, several Twitch accounts have shared key propaganda points and misinformation.


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Twitch recently cracked down on streamers who share misinformation on the platform, but that has now extended to eliminating those who spread Russian propaganda amid their invasion of Ukraine alongside Belarus. .

“While we continued to see low volumes of harmful disinformation actors on Twitch, we suspended several channels that did not comply with this policy, including some that were specifically dedicated to spreading disinformation related to the crisis in Ukraine” , said Twitch (as reported by Financial Times). “TTP’s findings reveal major flaws in the application of Twitch’s policy at a time of high Russian misinformation about the war in Ukraine.

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“Amazon’s enormous resources give it ample means to better monitor Twitch, which is one of the most popular live-streaming platforms today and reaches a huge audience of young people.”


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Twitch banned these accounts in lieu of the Tech Transparency Project report which highlighted accounts sharing key Russian propaganda points, such as that the invasion was being carried out to “denazify” Ukraine, and that it there were “biolabs” being created in the country. . Not only were these accounts sharing these lies, but they were monetized, meaning they were making money from sharing this propaganda.

One account, InfaredShow, was even verified, giving them additional monetization: “Twitch has deemed this account worthy of being part of their partner program,” said TTP Director Katie Paul. “So much so that Twitch covers the costs of payments for someone who repeatedly broadcasts misinformation.”


However, the Financial Times on Wednesday contacted the specific accounts mentioned in TTP’s report, leading to the banning of Infrared and others. But Twitch refused to say Why they had been banned, citing that he wanted to “protect the privacy of those involved”. But these accounts are rapidly migrating to other platforms such as YouTube where similar repercussions have yet to occur as they continue to share misinformation.

But on a more positive note, the gaming industry as a whole managed to raise $200 million for Ukraine in just a few weeks. This is money from The Pokemon Company, Bandai Namco, Epic Games, Ubisoft, CD Projekt Red, Xbox, etc. While many spread propaganda online, many also donate directly or through video games to help Ukraine.


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