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Why Did Twitch Remove PogChamp: How Does an Emote Relate to Capitol Hill?


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So you might have heard that there is something going on at Capitol Hill. While, this wasn’t all set off by Ryan Gutierrez, the famous PogChamp face has now become infamous: Ryan tweeted about a MAGA martyr and called for civil unrest, while also posting a video of her getting shot in the chest. The video has since been removed by Twitter, but the internet being the internet, people obviously caught on quickly. Twitch was prompt to react and banned the PogChamp emote from its servers with the following explanation:

We've made the decision to remove the PogChamp emote following statements from the face of the emote encouraging further violence after what took place in the Capitol today.

We want the sentiment and use of Pog to live on – its meaning is much bigger than the person depicted or image itself– and it has a big place in Twitch culture. However, we can't in good conscience continue to enable use of the image.

Twitch is definitely siding on the right side of history here.

The death of a woman is tragic and her death should be mourned, yet the circumstances of the death are also tragic and worrisome and should be encouraged to continue or worsen: Trump supporters have stormed Capitol Hill in order to protest the outcome of the presidential election.

The whole situation might just escalate further and divide the country. Now, with this whole PogChamp situation, even the gaming community is involved.

This is not the first time that Twitch is banning people due to political statements or actions. In fact, the platform banned the former President Donald Trump himself in 2020 and, later in the year, they took action against the US Military’s presence on the streaming platform.

Do you side with Twitch on this one on why they banned the PogChamp emote? It’ll be interesting to see if more streaming personalities voice their opinion on the unrest and how Twitch will react to this, now that they have set this no-tolerance precedent.

For all those of you that will simply miss the PogChamp emote: Twitch promised that they will work with the community to find a fitting successor.

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