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Twitch stars Amouranth and Indiefoxx temporarily banned for being ‘too sexy’

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Popular Twitch live-streamers Amouranth and Indiefoxx have been temporarily banned from the platform after sharing videos of themselves licking microphones.

Amouranth tweeted a bikini selfie to tell her fans about the ban, which seems due to both streamers breaking Twitch’s rules on “sexually suggestive” content.

Both Amouranth and Indiefoxx broadcast the autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), licking streams from their beds before their ban. Both creators lay sprawled across their beds and wore what looked like the TikTok-famous leggings intended to accentuate curves.

According to The Verge, this is the latest example of Twitch dictating what content is “too sexy” for viewers and advertisers. Twitch hasn’t publicly explained the ban, but it does have strict rules against streamers that “deliberately highlight” their “breasts, buttocks, or pelvic region”.

Twitch does allow ASMR content on the platform. It also previously said, “being found to be sexy by others is not against our rules,” but this means Twitch is now facing backlash for seemingly deciding what is sexy and what isn’t.

Streamers continue to push boundaries on the platform. Most Twitch creators broadcast themselves playing video games, with fans able to chat with the streamer and send them money.

But the site also hosts other kinds of streams that aren’t necessarily about gaming – including some that involve the recent “hot tub” trend.

Some have slammed it as a perceived violation of the platform’s community guidelines, which expressly prohibit sexually suggestive content.

But the streams have proved enormously popular recently, with some of the biggest hot tub streamers pulling in hundreds of thousands of new subscribers in a matter of weeks.

Some critics say such videos have no place on a platform that skews to younger viewers. According to Statista, as much as 38 percent of all Twitch app users in the US last year were aged between 10 and 19. This morning both Twitch stars were back on the platform.

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