It could be an understatement to say that standard Minecraft YouTuber and streamer George “GeorgeNotFound’’ Davidson had a bizarre weekend. Inside two days, he bought banned from Twitch, probably un-banned, positively banned once more, and unbanned (once more?). Why? “Harassment by way of username,” in response to Twitch. Downside is, the one particular person he may have probably been harassing was himself.
On March 13, Davidson’s alternate Twitch account, “ThisIsNotGeorgeNotFound,” bought indefinitely suspended for the primary time. Whereas his fundamental account was nonetheless technically energetic, it was successfully an across-the-board ban, as streaming on one other account would have counted as ban evasion in response to Twitch’s guidelines. The justification for the ban, in response to a Twitch e-mail that Davidson posted to Twitter, was “utilizing an inappropriate username.”
“Based mostly on a assessment of your exercise or content material, we’ve got issued a Neighborhood Tips strike in your account,” reads Twitch’s e-mail to Davidson. “As a result of extreme nature of this violation, or the truth that you’ve incurred a number of violations, your entry to Twitch companies is indefinitely restricted.”
“My title is simply too inappropriate,” Davidson sarcastically tweeted. “Sorry guys I tousled.”
Davidson addressed the state of affairs once more on March 14 to say that he had been banned… once more. It doesn’t look like it needs to be technically doable for a streamer to be banned a second time with out having been un-banned sooner or later, however it’s troublesome to say what precisely occurred within the intervening interval. (Kotaku reached out to Davidson and Twitch for extra info, however neither replied).
The brand new, totally different ban e-mail from Twitch accused him of “harassment by way of username” and as soon as once more knowledgeable him that the suspension was indefinite—aka, a ban. This one additionally additional elaborated on what precisely he might need completed, with out telling him precisely what he positively did. Examples included “having a username that explicitly insults one other person,” “having a username that threatens unfavorable motion in the direction of one other person,” and “having a username that promotes self-harm together with malicious chat exercise, comparable to telling one other person to kill themselves.”
ThisIsNotGeorgeNotFound doesn’t actually do any of these issues, however if you happen to have been a Twitch moderator who didn’t comprehend it was Davidson’s alternate account, you could possibly come to the mistaken conclusion that anyone was making an attempt to harass him by the use of impersonation. Granted, Davidson’s alternate account has over 300,000 followers—a suspiciously giant quantity for a supposed faux. This additionally doesn’t clarify why Twitch bonked his account with the banhammer twice. Twitch is an organization the place left hand and proper hand have a approach of simply lacking one another within the hallway, so something is feasible. For now, although, nothing is definite.
Afterward March 14, Davidson’s alternate account bought unbanned.
“I’M UNBANNED AHAHAHAHAHAHA,” he wrote on Twitter.
24 hours later, he appears to be within the clear, however he additionally gave the impression to be within the clear earlier than getting banned twice in a single weekend. So I suppose we’ll see!