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Twitch bans streamer after she openly discusses her online abuse

Streamer "Keffals" was banned on Twitch after attempting to share examples of some of the abuse she's been receiving on the platform.

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Twitch is no stranger to controversial bans, with one particularly egregious example being that of streamer Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti. As reported by outlets like Kotaku, Sorrenti received a ban on Twitch after attempting to share examples of some of the abuse she’s received on the platform during a recent livestream. Sorrenti later appealed the ban, but Twitch was not swayed and a ban of 28 days remains in place, regardless of the context behind the situation.

“My account got mass reported before I even started and I am banned from Twitch. I’ll do the stream on YouTube instead. You can’t fucking stop me,” Sorrenti wrote on Twitter. "Twitch banned one of their biggest transgender streamers from their website for openly talking about the abuse they receive. I do not understand how they managed to fuck up so badly." 

In another tweet, Sorrenti noted that, “Twitch rejected my appeal. I am banned for another 28 days for displaying a list of hateful slurs that were actually hurled at me by bigots in order to illustrate the kind of harassment I receive for being an openly trans Twitch streamer. I have never been this disappointed.”

As for why Sorrenti was banned in the first place, the reason cited was for “repeated hateful slurs or symbols” which existed in the livestream’s thumbnail, and were in reference to past comments directed towards her. Among the subject matter planned for the stream was also how individuals, like the controversial political streamer Steven “Destiny” Bonnell, have been actively weaponizing their supporters on Kiwi Farms to harass her.

In order to get this information out as originally intended, Sorrenti has re-edited the stream and posted it to YouTube with the title referencing streamer Destiny and his Kiwi Farms connections. The video is watchable to members of her YouTube channel, and helps provide further clarification on the situation.

Twitch streamer Keffals was banned after attempting to share examples of the harassment she's received.
© Keffals

Diving even deeper into why Sorrenti has been receiving harassment from figures like Steven “Destiny” Bonnell, as noted by Kotaku and the Washington Post, she’s rapidly risen in popularity on Twitch through livestreams that passionately tackle and debunk right-wing attacks on transgender and queer people, such as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida.

“I don’t think civility politics works when I’m engaging with people who don’t even view me as human,” Sorrenti is quoted in the Washington Post article. To learn more about Sorrenti, the full article from WaPo is certainly worth a read, as is the article from Kotaku on Sorrenti’s recent ban.

Overall, it’ll be interesting to see over the next 28 days whether Twitch has a change of heart and reverses the ban, or if they continue to uphold it despite the context, especially for others who may be considering sharing their stories of similar harassment they’ve received as well.

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    July 21, 2022 1:00 PM

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      July 21, 2022 1:10 PM

      “I don’t think civility politics works when I’m engaging with people who don’t even view me as human.”

      We should be living and breathing this sentence.

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      July 21, 2022 1:31 PM

      maybe dont put the f slur in your streams thumbnail

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        July 21, 2022 1:41 PM

        They will just stream it on YT, SUCK IT TWITCH

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        July 21, 2022 1:48 PM

        Cursing is banned on Twitch?

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            July 21, 2022 1:58 PM

            I'm so confused after watching some of this. This person is trans and using gay slurs? What is this drama? Do I even want to know?

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              July 21, 2022 4:25 PM

              Sadly I follow a lot of Twitch Politics people and know way too much about all these people. My recollections from all the Twitter shit around this:

              - Destiny was debating about trans women in sports with the position that they shouldn't compete in NCAA or higher leagues if they have gone through a male puberty
              - Destiny got banned from Twitch most likely due to this discussion (Twitch doesn't disclose why exactly they ban people, only banned for Hateful Conduct)
              - Keffals took credit for getting Destiny banned via mass reporting
              - Bickering occurs between the two parties. Both sides being overly shitty to each other.
              - Fighting between the two gets more attention and causes it to get picked up by Kiwi Farms
              - Kiwi Farms does really terribly shit like it always does (doxxing Keffals and her family and being super transphobic and shitty)
              - Keffals blames all attacks from Kiwi Farms and generally shitty Twitter behaviour on Destiny, even though Kiwi Farms hates Destiny, who have previously doxxed Destiny and sent FBI to his house in the past.

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              July 22, 2022 1:17 AM

              Is it like black people using the N word?

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          July 21, 2022 1:53 PM

          definitely not. this is a "the second person to have an infraction bears the punishment".

          clear slurs and bigoted stuff in a screenshot on that stream, no one supplying them is banned. show that thumbnail and discuss the slurs and bigoted stuff, STREAMER is the one facing the ban.

          plus the automated mass reporting -> auto ban stuff is likely in play here. "SEE THE SLURS ON THE STREAM????" - says the people literally providing said slurs

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      July 21, 2022 2:33 PM

      the unfortunate side effect of people ignoring context and treating each individual comment like it exists in a vacuum

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      July 21, 2022 3:04 PM

      I was standing on the balcony of my master bedroom in my mansion, enjoying the majestic view of the Rocky Mountains. My servants were milling around me, bringing me hors d’oeuvres, soft jazz was playing, a beautiful breeze was flowing through the upper corridor from the master. I asked my house OS to bring up Twitch on the 325” LG TV they had hand delivered to me before public release, and I have to say I was having an utterly wonderful afternoon until I came across her very negative stream.

      I was immediately incensed. I felt accosted by her accounts of what happened to her. I remember thinking, “She could smile more”. Maybe just be a little more upbeat, ya know? Some people just can’t lighten up. We all have our battles in life. Last week my bank called up because there was a mixup with my Ferrari payment and I’ll tell you, I was very upset. But I took it in stride, picked myself up from the bootstraps, took a deep breath, and all was well. I’m in the 3 comma club. I don’t even know why I was upset. Maybe it was because I think I felt my integrity was at stake.

      Anyway, my point is all problems matter and we should ignore negativity and focus on all the goodness in life!

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      July 21, 2022 3:04 PM

      Steven “Destiny” Bonnell is hot garbage.

      "Bonnell has variously described himself as "a very big social democrat",[4] a "hardcore capitalist"[citation needed] and "classical liberal",[25] a "rule utilitarian",[26] and an "agnostic atheist".[27] "

      yet farms abuse at this person.

      DESTINY. IS. HOT. GARBAGE.

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        July 21, 2022 3:16 PM

        TRUE. AND. BASED.

        But Keffals is also trash and shouldn't be blindly platformed just because they're trans. She fucked up, got banned for 30 days, end of story.

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          July 21, 2022 3:19 PM

          nah destinys fine hes bad optically but he provides a lots of nice facts and logic when he talks to conservatives. he is like left ben shapiro but actually smart

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        July 21, 2022 3:17 PM

        I mixed up Destiny and Dream and was very confused lol

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        July 21, 2022 3:19 PM

        He is a very odd character. He might have at one time been liberal but watching a bit of him these days and he seems very much an ally of the right.

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          July 21, 2022 5:37 PM

          I mean if someone goes out of their way to describe themself as a capitalist I immediately look at them as right-wing

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            July 21, 2022 5:46 PM

            I used to watch some of his debates but he cozies up to people like Lauren Southern now and it’s just weird?

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              July 21, 2022 10:12 PM

              I went to check out Destiny’s stream due to this thread and it was him yelling at Lauren Southern for an hour about how we need more representation in media because she thought the new Lord of the Rings trailer that just came out was too woke because it has black elves in it.

              Doesn’t seem very cozy with her or right leaning.

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              July 21, 2022 10:49 PM

              think his new strat is to be friendly so he can have debates with them. might be better way of trying to bring people into the light side of politics

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            July 22, 2022 5:10 AM

            Anyone who describes themselves as a capitalist is a trash person in my book, right or left.

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        July 21, 2022 10:55 PM

        Correct. He's basically a litmus test for finding people who think they're smart but are in all reality very stupid

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        July 21, 2022 11:06 PM

        he didnt farm any abuse. he just linked the kiwi farms page that was already at 400 pages to his stream for his community to see what was going on

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          July 21, 2022 11:28 PM

          OK that's totally innocuous. Clueless

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            July 22, 2022 1:21 AM

            the destiny cult are fine sane people. its not a bunch of 4channers. theyre just a bit nerdy. maybe theres a dickwad or two but its clearly kiwifarms that went on a toxic brigade on her

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      July 21, 2022 10:29 PM

      It’s crazy how someone like hasan abi can make a more informative product than cable news and it’s literally a guy reading tweets most of the time.

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        July 22, 2022 3:44 AM

        Cable news is meant to lull you into a trance for endless infotainment, it’s not really supposed to be “news”… it’s weird to me that people still “put on the news”

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