Twitch Disables Donald Trump's Channel Over Risk of More Violence

Twitch removes popular emote, PogChamp, following messages sent by face of the emote, gootecks

As Twitch tries to find a replacement for the incredibly popular "PogChamp" emote, which was removed earlier this week, the streaming platform announced a novel temporary solution: every 24 hours, Twitch will randomly choose a new streamer emote to serve as a temporary "PogChamp" emote.

"The decision came after Twitch streamer Natasha "Zombaekillz" Zinda called on Twitch to ban the emote following Gutierrez's comments in a tweet that amassed over 2,000 likes, also giving instructions for fellow streamers to ban the emote in their own chat".

Twitch announced on Wednesday evening that it was banning PogChamp, one of the platform's oldest emotes, after the man behind its face made statements "encouraging further violence" following the siege at the Capitol.

However, thanks to tweets said to 'encourage further violence, ' the streaming platform can not continue to use the image in good conscience.

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What did Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez say to get his image removed?

The "PogChamp" emote was often used during moments of incredible excitement, usually during fighting games, but it has spilled over into wider Twitch culture. "Nonetheless, we will't in good conscience proceed to allow use of the picture", Twitch mentioned, including, "We are going to work with the neighborhood to design a brand new emote for probably the most hype moments on Twitch". Last night, pro-Trump individuals stormed the Capitol building, causing members of Congress and the Senate to evacuate and delaying the certification of President-elect Joe Biden. Gootecks asked his followers if there would be civil unrest in response to the woman's death along with offering a place to view the video of the event.

In a video posted to his Twitter account, the US President said: "I know your pain, I know you're hurt". Trump has baselessly insisted for two months that Biden's win in the 2020 election is attributable to widespread voter fraud. He claimed the rioter "gave her life for our country", and in both tweets, he used the hashtag #MAGAMartyr. Twitch was also reached by Polygon for comments.

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