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Twitch Hack Uncovers "Do Not Ban" List Containing Top Streamers

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Twitch Hack Uncovers "Do Not Ban" List Containing Top Streamers

In case you missed it, Twitch suffered a huge leak recently. The streaming platform has had a lot of private user information released to the public following a data breach including the earnings of top streamers and the entire site's source code. It was a mess. Twitch had to make sure all stream keys were reset and passwords needed to be changed. But now it seems yet another interesting detail has been revealed by the hack - a "no ban" list.

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Of course, Twitch has its top creators which are held to a different standard than the rest of the site. Those that represent the face of Twitch may have contracts and entire relationships with the platform we don't know about, but that also means that when it comes to bans and suspensions, Twitch needs to be extra careful with how it reacts to these creator's content. Or at least that's how it seems after it looks like a list of creators that aren't supposed to be instantly banned from the platform.

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As reported by Dexerto, there is a list within the data leaked that names some of the top streamers and lists reasons not to ban them. Though this list could be old and out of date as the year 2016 is mentioned in the text, RiceGum, lolTyler1 and DJ Wheat are among the names on this list of people not to ban instantly.

DJ Wheat, for example, seems to have an "underage" tag next to him. The streamer is a current employee of Twitch and according to Reddit used to feature his young son quite a bit on his channel. It is against Twitch policy to have kids left alone when you're live, so it's likely they have made sure that reports of DJ Wheat doing this are widely ignored because they know that as an employee he would not break that rule. Additionally, people may just report his stream unfairly because of his affiliation with Twitch.

No Ban List Twitch
No Ban List Twitch
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Additionally, the text features commands about ban requests. If a streamer has done something wrong, it seems that there are Twitch employees to escalate the issue to. So rather than Tyler or RiceGum getting an immediate ban, it needs to be checked by someone at Twitch. These are where the red lines are, but we have censored the emails.

It's an interesting list certainly, but again there is no way to tell if this is an active part of Twitch's ecosystem or simply something that was part of it a while ago. Perhaps there is an active list just like this one that we haven't seen yet.

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Topics: Twitch

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