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Popular Streamer Hit With YouTube Ban Over "Child Safety" Concerns

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Popular Streamer Hit With YouTube Ban Over "Child Safety" Concerns

Twitch star Ludwig "Ludwig" Ahgren has received a temporary ban from YouTube as it investigates a possible concern over "child safety" in his video content.

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You'll likely remember Ahgren from his long-drawn-out Twitch subathon in April, where the duration of his stream was determined by the number of new subscriptions since going live, and with every subscription, the timer is extended by ten seconds. In gaining over 280,000 subscribers, he ended up streaming for 31 days straight. Eating, sleeping, showering, it was broadcasted live for the world to see - he did wear board shorts while he was bathing so don't worry. It's all alright, though, as whatever damage that was done to his psyche for staying online for an entire month was cancelled out with the enormous amount of money he and his audience raised for charities. Around $350,000 was split amongst No Kid Hungry, The Humane Society of the United States, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, CO HomelessCoalition, Free Meal Program University District and the former schools that his manager, Anthony Bruno, attended.

It's wild to say it out loud, but a month-long subathon isn't even the oddest thing to happen on Twitch. Check out this compilation of unbelievable moments in games like The Last Of Us, Rainbow Six Siege, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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Ahgren's also got a daily routine of uploading a new video to his YouTube channel, and he's managed to maintain this streak for 618 days. That's commitment. However, this has been jeopardised by the mysterious ban that the star got for his video uploaded on June 14th. "Hold up boys... What the f***," he said when he found the notification of the ban while streaming. "I just got a community strike on my last 'You Laugh You Lose' video... They just took [the video] down. I can't upload a video for a week. My streak's gonna die."

Looking into the reasons for the ban, it was apparently a concern over "child safety," but neither Ahgren nor his audience could work out what would have triggered this response. In the "You Laugh You Lose" video, there is a clip of a monkey throwing its waste at a child, and viewers in the chat suggested that this might have been the cause. Furthermore, Ahgren used a shock collar for dogs on himself in his video uploaded on June 13th, which might also be criticised.

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YouTube has responded to the confusion that Ahgren and his audience are feeling regarding the ban. "We've passed the video along to our team for review and we'll follow up once we know more," explained YouTube on Twitter. "Appreciate your patience in the meantime."

Featured Image Credit: Ludwig via Twitch/Twitter

Topics: News, Twitch, PC, YouTube

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