There are currently over 240,000 worldwide confirmed cases of coronavirus and the death toll is about to surpass 10,000. Despite widespread infections of the deadly disease and the global economy currently tanking, life must go for Twitch streamers. Except for Twitch streamers who get suspended indefinitely for threatening to purposely spread the COVID-19.
Popular Twitch gamer “Kaceytron” has been suspended from the streaming service for “hateful conduct.” Kacey “Kaceytron” Caviness appeared on the Rajj Patel podcast on March 11, where she was asked if she would kiss someone who was infected, and she joked that she would purposely share the coronavirus.
“We would leave quarantine, and we would try to spread it as much as possible because the world would be a better place without old and poor people,” Kaceytron said.
Quite the edgelord comment. Not exactly a funny or thought-provoking joke.
Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, has a very strict zero-tolerance policy for hateful conduct. Kaceytron was suspended indefinitely for the comments. To be fair, her comments are probably only half as offensive as that douche chill-inducing video of celebrities singing Imagine.
Caviness attempted to apologize on Twitter for her comments.
“I’ve been indefinitely suspended because of an insensitive comment I made last week,” Kaceytron wrote on Twitter. “I don’t condone hatred towards any person, and it was a poor reflection of my character. I’m just trying to take this all in right now. I ask that my audience, please remain calm and rational.”
“Obviously, it was a joke but that doesn’t excuse it,” Kaceytron said. “It was in poor taste and my fault.”
Kaceytron had over 500,000 followers on Twitch before her account was suspended. Twitch said her comments “engaging in hateful conduct and threats of violence against a person or group of people.” Those types of offenses generally result in a temporary ban of up to 30 days.
“Any hateful conduct is considered a zero-tolerance violation,” Twitch’s guidelines state. “We will take action on all accounts associated with such conduct with a range of enforcement actions, including and up to indefinite suspension.”
This will definitely not be the last regrettable thing said or done regarding the coronavirus.