Jon Zherka is regarded as one of the most popular IRL streamers on Twitch, with over 165,000 follows to date. On the 20th of March 2021, Jon received a ban from the streaming platform after he showed a “photo of a girl in a bikini on stream for too long”.
After his account was restored just over 3 months later, he revealed that Twitch had simply made a "mistake". Here's what Twitch and the community had to say.
Twitch moderation team apologizes for “mistake” ban
In a recent tweet posted on the 29th of June 2021, Jon attached a copy of the email sent by Twitch. The email revealed that his ban was “due to a mistake on [Twitch’s] part” and that they have since “reversed [the] suspension on [his] account”, adding that they “[apologized] for any inconvenience or confusion this [may] have caused”.
It’s clear that his fans were not happy, with one Twitter user commenting, “this happens more and more often these days, and Twitch doesn’t give a f*** that they’re messing with people’s lives”.
This happens more and more often these days and Twitch doesn't give a fuck that they're messing with people's lives.— Raikoh (@Raikohz) June 29, 2021
Another user tweeted, “meanwhile you have habitual TOS violators getting 3 days vacations and 2 bans in a month”, referring of course to the Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa and Jenelle “Indiefoxx” Dagres ASMR stints.
Meanwhile you have habitual TOS violators getting 3 day vacations and 2 bans in a month— Shotslol (@Shotslol) June 29, 2021
Many other fans seemed to resonate with these sentiments and they have a point. Twitch has received criticism for the inconsistency in its moderation after many community members called them out for being “unfair” toward certain streamers. For example, Indiefoxx has been banned a total of six times this year alone (and for far worse reasons) and has never endured a ban longer than 3 days.
Also, having been banned for over 3 months “due to a mistake” is definitely more than just an “inconvenience”. Many streamers rely immensely on their Twitch earnings to make a living and being banned for this long without any kind of financial recourse is definitely not acceptable.
Considering that Amouranth and Indiefoxx received 3-day bans for their provocative ASMR stints, it’s only natural that Jon would be upset - except he’s not. During his suspension, Jon followed in the footsteps of Dr Disrespect and made a move to YouTube but has since returned to streaming on Twitch.
We can only hope that Twitch won’t be dishing out any accidental bans to his channel any time soon.
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