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Twitch gamers protest ‘hate raids’ suffered by LGBTQ, Black, Jewish streamers

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SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — Night after night, video game streamer RekItRaven watches as their feed is inundated with abusive messages. Hate raided, yet again.

In recent months the phenomenon of “hate raids” — barrages of racist, sexist, antisemitic and homophobic abuse — has been making life increasingly unpleasant for minority users of Twitch, the world’s biggest video game streaming site.

Raven, a Black 31-year-old who identifies as gender non-binary, fought back tears while describing the mental toll of logging into a site designed for entertainment.

“It just gets hard,” said the American parent of two, who declined to reveal their real name over fears for their security. “I’m being hated on for my skin color, or my sexual preferences, when I don’t have control over that.”

Twitch is more than a source of fun for Raven: it’s their job. The Virginia-based horror games player holds affiliate status, under which prolific and widely followed streamers get paid.

Sick of racial slurs and messages referring to the Ku Klux Klan, Raven started a Twitter hashtag, #TwitchDoBetter.

The hashtag has become a magnet for complaints over the past month, largely from female, non-white and LGBTQ players, that Twitch is failing to stop internet trolls running amok — all while taking 50 percent of streamers’ earnings.

Y'all @pleasantlytwstd has been getting a NON STOP hate raid since she went live over an HOUR AGO. AN HOUR. Including "raids" from her full name and this BS. CW: Nazi imagery.

So @Twitch what y'all doing? WHAT? pic.twitter.com/xzaXCkzvg9

— Cypher | Watch Game Changer on #BETHerTV (@cypheroftyr) August 21, 2021

Launched in 2011 and bought by Amazon three years later, Twitch counts more than 30 million visitors per day, most of whom tune in to watch other people play video........

© The Times of Israel

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