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Hot tub streamer, ExoHydraX, claims ban is because she's black

Hydrax received a three-day ban after her first hot tub stream and says it shows a clear racist double-standard in Twitch policy.
Hot tub streamer, ExoHydraX, claims ban is because she's black

As the hot tub meta continues to dominate Twitch, the platform's stance is very clear -- as long as it doesn't get overly sexual, bikinis and hot tubs are allowed.

This has rubbed some users the wrong way who have criticised content creators like Kaitlyn "Amouranth" Siragusa for "ruining" the platform, yet, Twitch itself has not banned any of them, that was until ExoHydraX on 9th May.

First reported by StreamerBans, ExoHydraX quickly responded to her ban and the streamer made clear she feels there was a double-standard at play because she is black.

The ban, which is for 3 days, was for "sexually suggestive content."

"Good luck being black and being a streamer on twitch," she wrote. Adding that she does "the exact same content that (white) girl do but yet I get banned but they don't?"

It is important to note at this point that Twitch partner Iamjasmine is also a person of colour, who received a ban following due to a hot tub wardrobe malfunction. 

ExoHydraX clearly feels there is only one difference when it comes to the hot tub streams she has been doing, compared to the hundreds of others that have come before her, and that difference is her race.

This wasn't ExoHydraX's first hot tub stream but it was her first ban, a Twitch partner, besides her IRL content she can be seen playing Call of Duty, with highlights being uploaded to her YouTube channel.

As of the time of writing, Twitch has yet to issue a statement regarding this situation and likely won't as per their much-criticized policy of not discussing the reasons for bans.

ExoHydraX has vowed to return to hot tub streams when her suspension is over.