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Twitch CEO Apologizes for Promoting Porn on Ninja’s Channel

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  • Popular gamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins posted a video to social media on Sunday slamming Twitch for using his channel to promote other streamers since his departure from its platform.
  • His statement came after the company allowed a pornographic stream to be featured at the top of his page. 
  • Twitch’s CEO apologized to Ninja on Twitter, suspended the porn account, and stopped showing recommended content on the streamer’s offline channel.

Twitch Promoting Steams on Ninja’s Channel 

Twitch apologized to professional gamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins on Sunday for using his channel to promote other streamers after he left the platform, a company decision which somehow resulted in pornography being featured on his dormant page. 

Ninja, who picked up 14.7 million followers on the platform, made a high-profile exit from Twitch earlier this month to stream exclusively on Microsoft’s new streaming service, Mixer. 

Rather than deactivate his page, Twitch decided to list popular streams in the Fortnite category on his channel. 


Here is what Ninja’s channel looked like after his departure. Source: Kotaku

However, over the weekend, a pornography stream managed to slip into the top spot on Ninja’s page. 


This is what visitors saw on Ninja’s page on Sunday- except without our added pixelation.

Ninja Speaks Out 

Ninja was outraged by the incident, especially since his younger audience members were directed to this graphic content. On Sunday, Ninja posted a video to social media saying he was “disgusted and so sorry.”

“If you go to Twitch.TV/Ninja, they advertise other channels. They don’t do this for anyone else that’s offline by the way, just me. And there are also other streamers who have signed with other platforms whose stream and channel still remains the same,” he said in the short video.

“They don’t promote other streams. They don’t promote other channels, but they do on mine.”

“There was a porn account that was #1 being recommended on my channel, and I have no say in any of this stuff,” he continued. “This is the line, this is the straw.” 

The gamer explained that he was frustrated to have his channel used in this way after working to build his brand for eight years. He added that his team was working to get Twitch to take down the entire channel or at the very least, stop using it to promote others.

“For anyone who saw that, for anyone whose kids — or who just didn’t obviously wanna see that — I apologize and I’m sorry.”

Twitch Apologizes 

By the end of the day, Twitch complied with Ninja’s request. Now visiting his Twitch channel directs fans to his old page, which is offline and includes no more recommended channels.

Twitch CEO Emmet Shear also took to Twitter to issue an apology on Sunday. In it, Shear explained that the platform has been “experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline.”

“This helps all streamers as it creates new community connections,” he wrote. “However, the lewd content that appeared on the @ninja offline channel page grossly violates our terms of service, and we’ve permanently suspended the account in question.”

Shear also said the company has suspended these types of recommendations while it investigates this specific incident. He then gave a more direct apology to Ninja saying, “It wasn’t our intent, but it should not have happened. No excuses.”

While many have appreciated the company’s apology, others have called it a PR move, including Ninja’s wife and manager Jessica Blevins. She took to Twitter and accused Twitch of “trying to kill @Ninja’s brand.” 

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Schools Across the U.S. Cancel Classes Friday Over Unverified TikTok Threat

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Officials in multiple states said they haven’t found any credible threats but are taking additional precautions out of an abundance of safety.


School Cancelled

Schools in no fewer than 10 states either canceled classes or increased their police presence on Friday after a series of TikToks warned of imminent shooting and bombs threats.

Despite that, officials said they found little evidence to suggest the threats are credible. It’s possible no real threat was actually ever made as it’s unclear if the supposed threats originated on TikTok, another social media platform, or elsewhere. 

“We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok,” TikTok’s Communications team tweeted Thursday afternoon. 

Still, given the uptick of school shootings in the U.S. in recent years, many school districts across the country decided to respond to the rumors. According to The Verge, some districts in California, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas shut down Friday. 

“Based on law enforcement interviews, Little Falls Community Schools was specifically identified in a TikTok post related to this threat,” one school district in Minnesota said in a letter Thursday. “In conversations with local law enforcement, the origins of this threat remain unknown. Therefore, school throughout the district is canceled tomorrow, Friday, December 17.”

In Gilroy, California, one high school that closed its doors Friday said it would reschedule final exams that were expected to take place the same day to January.

According to the Associated Press, several other districts in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania stationed more police officers at their schools Friday.

Viral Misinformation or Legitimate Warnings?

As The Verge notes, “The reports of threats on TikTok may be self-perpetuating.”

For example, many of the videos online may have been created in response to initial warnings as more people hopped onto the trend. Amid school cancellations, videos have continued to sprout up — many awash with both rumors and factual information.

 “I’m scared off my ass, what do I do???”  one TikTok user said in a now-deleted video, according to People. 

“The post is vague and not directed at a specific school, and is circulating around school districts across the country,” Chicago Public Schools said in a letter, though it did not identify any specific post. “Please do not re-share any suspicious or concerning posts on social media.”

According to Dr. Amy Klinger, the director of programs for the nonprofit Educator’s School Safety Network, “This is not 2021 phenomenon.”

Instead, she told The Today Show that her network has been tracking school shooting threats since 2013, and she noted that in recent years, they’ve become more prominent on social media. 

“It’s not just somebody in a classroom of 15 people hearing someone make a threat,” she said. “It’s 15,000 people on social media, because it gets passed around and it becomes larger and larger and larger.”

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Jake Paul Says He “Can’t Get Cancelled” as a Boxer

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The controversial YouTuber opened up about what it has been like to go from online fame to professional boxing.


The New Yorker Profiles Jake Paul

YouTuber and boxer Jake Paul talked about his career switch, reputation, and cancel culture in a profile published Monday in The New Yorker. 

While Paul rose to fame as the Internet’s troublemaker, he now spends most of his time in the ring. He told the outlet that one difference between YouTube and boxing is that his often controversial reputation lends better to his new career. 

“One thing that is great about being a fighter is, like, you can’t get cancelled,” Paul said. The profile noted that the sport often rewards and even encourages some degree of bad behavior.

“I’m not a saint,” Paul later continued. “I’m also not a bad guy, but I can very easily play the role.”

Paul also said the other difference between his time online and his time in boxing is the level of work. While he says he trains hard, he confessed that there was something more challenging about making regular YouTube content. 

“Being an influencer was almost harder than being a boxer,” he told The New Yorker. “You wake up in the morning and you’re, like, Damn, I have to create fifteen minutes of amazing content, and I have twelve hours of sunlight.”

Jake Paul Vs. Tommy Fury

The New Yorker profile came just after it was announced over the weekend Paul will be fighting boxer Tommy Fury in an 8-round cruiserweight fight on Showtime in December. 

“It’s time to kiss ur last name and ur family’s boxing legacy goodbye,” Paul tweeted. “DEC 18th I’m changing this wankers name to Tommy Fumbles and celebrating with Tom Brady.”

Both Paul and Fury are undefeated, according to ESPN. Like Paul, Fury has found fame outside of the sport. He has become a reality TV star in the U.K. after appearing on the hit show “Love Island.”

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Hackers Hit Twitch Again, This Time Replacing Backgrounds With Image of Jeff Bezos

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The hack appears to be a form of trolling, though it’s possible that the infiltrators were able to uncover a security flaw while reviewing Twitch’s newly-leaked source code.


Bezos Prank

Hackers targeted Twitch for a second time this week, but rather than leaking sensitive information, the infiltrators chose to deface the platform on Friday by swapping multiple background images with a photo of former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. 

According to those who saw the replaced images firsthand, the hack appears to have mostly — and possibly only — affected game directory headers. Though the incident appears to be nothing more than a surface-level prank, as Amazon owns Twitch, it could potentially signal greater security flaws. 

For example, it’s possible the hackers could have used leaked internal security data from earlier this week to discover a network vulnerability and sneak into the platform. 

The latest jab at the platforms came after Twitch assured its users it has seen “no indication” that their login credentials were stolen during the first hack. Still, concerns have remained regarding the potential for others to now spot cracks in Twitch’s security systems.

It’s also possible the Bezos hack resulted from what’s known as “cache poisoning,” which, in this case, would refer to a more limited form of hacking that allowed the infiltrators to manipulate similar images all at once. If true, the hackers likely would not have been able to access Twitch’s back end. 

The photo changes only lasted several hours before being returned to their previous conditions. 

First Twitch Hack 

Despite suspicions and concerns, it’s unclear whether the Bezos hack is related to the major leak of Twitch’s internal data that was posted to 4chan on Wednesday.

That leak exposed Twitch’s full source code — including its security tools — as well as data on how much Twitch has individually paid every single streamer on the platform since August 2019. 

It also revealed Amazon’s at least partially developed plans for a cloud-based gaming library, codenamed Vapor, which would directly compete with the massively popular library known as Steam.

Even though Twitch has said its login credentials appear to be secure, it announced Thursday that it has reset all stream keys “out of an abundance of caution.” Users are still being urged to change their passwords and update or implement two-factor authentication if they haven’t already. 

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