Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch.tv, has responded to Tyler “Ninja” Blevins regarding the recommendation of pornographic content on Ninja’s old Twitch channel. He apologized to Ninja for the mistake and promised an investigation into the matter. The promoted channel with the TOS violating content has been permanently suspended.
Ninja came forward on Sunday in a Twitter video, stating his disappointment with Twitch and their reckless handling of his former Twitch channel. After Ninja left for the Microsoft owned streaming platform Mixer, Twitch changed the layout of the Fortnite super star's old channel. Instead of showing an offline screen of the stream as well as the usual access to clips and VODs, the channel was made to promote the top Fortnite streams on Twitch.
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One user took to the Fortnite section and streamed pornographic content for several hours to multiple thousands of people. The stream was subsequently promoted on Ninja’s former channel.
Shear apologetically responded in the tweets, explaining that Twitch had been “experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline.” As a result of the incident, Shear says that his company has stopped promoting channels this way while they “investigate how this content became to be promoted.” He personally apologized to Ninja for the oversight.