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Popular Twitch streamer Adin Ross has been banned from Twitch after checking his phone while driving. The content creator was visibility looking back and forth from his phone to the road in an 'IRL' stream on Twitch and, as a result, Ross thinks he has been banned from the platform permanently.
Ross tweeted on July 8, addressing the situation. The streamer says: "Just got banned in twitch. I think it's a perm guys... this is not good AT ALL. I was at a red light during my IRL stream and I read chat off of my phone. I am 100% in the wrong I'm so sorry. Idk when I'm gonna be back tho... I'm shaking rn I'm so sorry I feel horrible."
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In the clip that highlights the offence, it shows that the streamer was not at a standstill when he was looking at his phone. Many viewers have responded to Ross's tweet showing the moments on the live stream where the car is clearly mobile as the scenery outside of the window is moving past. He has one hand on the steering wheel and another out of frame, and Ross is looking back and forth from the road to his other hand. Though it doesn't show the phone in-frame, the tweet below confirms that he's looking down at stream chat as he thinks that his broadcast has crashed.
It seems that Twitch banned Adin Ross after another IRL streamer, Jake 'Jake'n'Bake' Abramson, pointed out the inequalities he and Ross had experienced with bans. Jake'n'Bake said on Twitter: "Yo Twitch WTF. Can you tell me why I get an insta 7 day ban for glancing at my phone on a private road on a raceway in full safety equipment and professional drivers but this streamer can check his phone every 2 sec while driving in traffic and not catch anything?"
Also, this is not anything personal towards the streamer involved -- it is just sad to see the inconsistencies on Twitch in regards to moderation and this is my first hand experience with it. :(- Jake'n'Bake @ LA :flag_us: (@jakenbakeLIVE) July 7, 2021
The IRL streamer goes on to say that him pointing this out "is not anything personal towards the streamer involved - it is just sad to see the inconsistencies on Twitch in regards to moderation and this is my first-hand experience with it." But this has caused Jake some trouble as Adin Ross fans have been threatening him in direct messages and under his tweets as a result of him putting pressure on Twitch to ban Ross.
Twitch has not confirmed if this is a perma-ban, but Dexerto says if it's just a temporary ban it'll likely last seven days.