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Shadowbanned on Twitch?

It appears I may be shadowbanned on Twitch

artificialintelligence brought this to my attention towards the end of the session on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 4:52PM. He noticed that my channel wasn’t appearing on his Followed Channels sidebar, and it wasn’t appearing in the search results for “yetieater” on Twitch

Research suggested

  1. It may be a thing
    1. Jenna on Twitch
  2. It may just be a technical hiccup

I sent out a test stream at 6 Mbps, but didn’t notice any changes during the test

Other signs things weren’t right:

Chatty indicated my stream was offline even though it clearly wasn’t

Viewerstats (every 30 minutes?) – reliable canary?

Looking back over the data, it appears that something happened on the evening of July 28. From that time onward, views from Twitch are floored, with zero originating from Browse

Third party Twitch tracker stopped collecting data on my channel

The situation began resolving itself as of the session beginning at 8:41PM on Tuesday, August 4, and as of the session beginning at 10:05AM on Wednesday, August 5, I’m once again seeing traffic from Twitch’s Browse Page

Suspended on Twitter

Yesterday afternoon, I discovered my Twitter accounts had been suspended

Twitter claims, “[when] we permanently suspend an account, we notify people that they have been suspended for abuse violations, and explain which policy or policies they have violated and which content was in violation,” yet I did not receive any communications from Twitter related to the suspension – it came as a bit of a surprise (https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/enforcement-options)

I filed an appeal on the day of the suspension, and am waiting to hear back

Almost all my accounts registered with my domain were suspended

In the mean time, @PaultheYorkie remains active

I’ll update this post with any developments

20200728: Two weeks have passed since I discovered my Twitter accounts were suspended and filed my initial appeal, and no response has emerged. If you’re reading this and would like to help, please consider Tweeting @TwitterSupport and mentioning @yetieater that they might take appropriate action

In Memory of Maria Rosas

Abel reached out to me asking if I’d be able to contribute to his fundraising efforts: his family recently suffered the tragic loss of his grandmother, and he’s raising money to help defray funeral expenses

I spoke with him to get a better understanding of what had happened:

If you feel like contributing, you can do so using one of the following methods:

Facebook Fundraisers 2.60% + $0.30
GoFundMe 2.90% + $0.30

Additionally, Abel can receive payments via Google Pay. If you’d like to use that, please reach out to me, and I’ll provide you with his email address.

In closing, with Christmas right around the corner, I hope all is well in your world… and may it only get better!

Thank you for reading, and stay blessed