Why Was Transgender Streamer Keffals Banned From Twitch?
Twitch has suspended transgender Streamer Clara "Keffals" Sorrenti for 28 days after she displayed a list of transphobic remarks sent directly at her during a recent broadcast.
"I am banned for another 28 days for showing a list of terrible obscenities that were really hurled at me by bigots. I listed them to highlight the type of abuse I get as an openly trans twitch streamer," Keffals said on Twitter.
"I've never felt more let down." Twitch suspended one of their most popular transgender streamers from their website for publicly discussing the hatred they face," Keffals added.
"I'm not sure how they managed to screw up so horribly."
Keffals is one of Twitch's most popular trans broadcasters since she began producing political content in February 2022. She was inspired to act after Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, initiated a campaign against gender-affirming care for children.
Keffals has subsequently abandoned typical gaming broadcasts in order to reach a large number of LGBTQIA+ teenagers.
Along with her rise to fame and thousands of Twitch subscribers, Keffal has received a slew of abusive remarks. And instead of supporting her and going after the perpetrators, the Amazon-owned site has banned her.
It's unclear whether Twitch will reconsider the 28-day ban it imposed on Keffals, but the company may be motivated to do so given the backlashing reaction.
Many of her supporters have shown their support on Twitter. "Twitch, tragically, punishes everyone who speaks out against harassment of musicians. Particularly those from underprivileged groups, by displaying the hostility they encounter," one user said.