It didn’t take long for Twitch’s new Safety Advisory Council to find itself in hot water. Twitch announced the formation of the council last week on May 14, with the original intention of informing and guiding “decisions made at Twitch by contributing their experience, expertise, and belief in Twitch’s mission of empowering communities to create together.”
Not long after the announcement, one of its newly minted council members, Steph “FerociouslySteph” Loehr, caused a stir with quite a few opinions ranging from, “I think a lot of gamers are white supremacists,” to “the only way to have a level playing field for the highest level of play is to not have voice chat.”
This caused a flurry of negative reactions from many of the platform’s biggest names, and now Jaryd “summit1G” Lazar has finally weighed in on the fiasco.
In a summit highlights video on Youtube, the streamer said, “there’s a video where she had said some stuff that was pretty controversial about a specific race, and I think it’s been overall kinda deemed okay, which is bonkers.” A little later on in the video, summit relayed the thoughts of esports journalist, Richard Lewis.
“Somebody that comes out and showcases their prejudice like that can’t possibly be on the council just because it just means that there’s a pretty large amount of people that will not feel comfortable going to you,” summit stated, in agreement with Lewis.
Summit’s thoughts don’t really stray much from what other Twitch figures have said, including popular WoW streamer, Asmongold, and other Twitch Safety Advisory Council member, Ben “CohhCarnage” Cassell. Both have expressed their disappointment with the situation.
I’ll admit I’m skeptical of the Twitch Safety Advisory Council
I hope it will make the platform better
I worry that it will either be a tool for ppl on the council to assert their personal agendas or that the ppl on it will end up getting blame for things they didnt do
— Zack (@Asmongold) May 15, 2020
And now, in a move that seems to distance the platform from its newly formed council, Twitch has made it clear that members of the council are not a part of its staff, and “do not speak on Twitch’s behalf.” Despite FerociouslySteph claiming that Twitch is endorsing her to go after “shitty” people, the newest blog post says that “council members will not make moderation decisions, nor will they have access to any details on specific moderation cases.”
Something doesn’t add up here, and we’ll have to wait and see how this situation affects the platform and its streamers as time moves on.