Update: Morgpie has been unbanned on Twitch. The original story continues below:
The Twitch community is embroiled in a fresh controversy following the platform’s ban of popular streamer Morgpie.
Morgpie’s ban comes in the wake of her participation in the new “topless” meta, a trend that has been raising eyebrows and concerns among the streaming community.
Morgpie’s ban, which occurred shortly after a viral charity stream intended to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, has intensified the debate surrounding Twitch’s content guidelines.
The “topless” meta, as it has come to be known, involves streamers like Morgpie and asianbunnyx appearing topless on camera, with strategic positioning to avoid explicit rule violations.
This approach, while not explicitly breaking Twitch’s rules, has led to significant backlash and a divided community.
Twitch’s guidelines prohibit female-presenting individuals from showing breasts with exposed nipples, except in breastfeeding contexts. The “topless” meta finds a loophole in these rules, suggesting nudity without technically violating the platform’s policies.
Following her ban, Morgpie reached out to Twitch on Twitter, seeking information on the total funds raised during her last stream, emphasizing her charitable intentions.
This isn’t the first time Twitch has faced controversy over its content.
The platform previously grappled with the “hot tub meta” in 2021, leading to the creation of a separate category for such streams. The current “topless” trend seems to be an evolution of content creators testing the boundaries of what’s acceptable on Twitch.
The rise of such content not only raises concerns within the Twitch community but also poses the risk of attracting regulatory attention, especially considering its impact on younger audiences.
If deemed too adult-like, this content could lead to stricter rules or legal challenges, affecting content creators who rely on Twitch for their livelihood.
Twitch’s handling of the “topless” meta, particularly the bans of Morgpie and asianbunnyx, reflects the ongoing struggle to balance freedom of content creation with community standards and legal boundaries. As the platform continues to navigate these challenges, the decisions it makes will likely set a precedent for future content and its regulation on live streaming platforms.
For now, the “topless” meta remains a contentious topic, reflecting the ever-evolving landscape of online streaming and the complexities of moderating content in the digital age.