Last year, Twitch introduced a Safety Advisory Council in the platform’s attempt to become a more inclusive and safe place to stream for more than just the usual gaming demographic.
While the addition of the council was not necessarily a bad move, the streaming community doubted the authenticity of Twitch’s intentions in establishing the council. During the heat of the #MeToo movement, Twitch had seemed hesitant to take any action against hundreds of accused content creators. The company’s own CEO was called out for mocking victims of abuse and harassment.
During the summer of 2020, it wasn’t only streamers who were getting accused of sexual harassment. In June, Twitch employee Hassan Bokhari was accused of sexual misconduct. The director of strategic partnership had his Twitch account banned soon after. It was later confirmed that he was let go from the company.
Esports insider Rod “Slasher” Breslau commented on the matter, saying that Twitch had told him that the company was taking the accusations “extremely seriously” and was conducting an investigation.
“While it is our policy to keep individual employment information confidential, the investigation has concluded and we have taken action in accordance with the investigators’ findings,” Twitch said.
Several women came forward last year to explain how Hassan had used his position at Twitch to manipulate them into performing sexual favors. Even worse, Hassan had ignored similar allegations made against other male streamers who had asked for nudes from female viewers.