Twitch bans deadmau5 for hate speech, use of homophobic slur

Twitch bans deadmau5 for hate speech, use of homophobic slur

The DJ had his Twitch channel permanently banned on February 13, after referring to a stream sniper on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds as a "cock-sucking stream sniper f*g" during a livestream. During the stream, the pair's location was exploited through "stream sniping", whereby people target streamers in-game by following their stream on a second screen.

He responded by deleting his account and vowing to end his association with the Amazon-owned streaming service, citing disagreement with what he called Twitch's "policy on who gets to decide whats freedom of expression and whats blatant extreme right wing insane shit that's actually harmful".

After being suspended by the platform for using a gay slur in a heated moment during the video game shoot-out, the Canadian musician doubled down in a since-deleted Reddit comment, where he assured the public he would not be apologizing for his language. The artist responded by deleting his Twitch channel entirely, explaining in his official subreddit that he wouldn't work or associate with Twitch going forward.

"It wasn't "directed at an entire group of people who have a sexual orientation that differs from my own", he wrote. If im sorry for antying, im sorry that we live in a world where bottom feeding pieces of shit can sit there starring at a monitor, watching me play videos games, and just waiting for someone to get tilted so he can get a few fucking clicks. thats what i'm sorry for".

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Deadmau5 continued to defend his intent in replies to users, stressing that his remark wasn't indicative of his views.

His social media has since been handled by his management.

Some have backed Zimmerman's response while others have said his actions were indeed a violation of Twitch's terms of service and that the platform was right to suspend him. Late previous year he apologised for posting transphobic remarks as part of a heated Twitter argument.

Read deadmau5's full statement below.

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