Transgender streamer Steph FerociouslySteph Loehr of Twitch Security Council believes that white heterosexual men have an advantage in communicating in game voice chat, therefore, advocates to get rid of this function. A scandal erupted around the statement: the platform was accused of a controversial personnel policy, and the girl of racism.
May 14 Twitch announced on the establishment of a Security Advisory Council, including Ferociously Steph. According to the announcement, the tasks of a member of the new council include advising users on the creation of new Twitch policies, protecting the interests of users facing harassment, and other functions.
During a personal broadcast, FerociouslySteph stated that voice chat in games is not inclusive, as not everyone can use it comfortably. In her opinion, white heterosexual men are less at risk if they join in a conversation in an online game, and her voice is often ridiculed. This question is a girl raised back in 2018, but then she had fewer tools to disseminate this opinion among Twitch users.
May 15th streamer translated chat on your channel in the “only for subscribers” mode, saying that now viewers will have to pay $ 5 to chat. On Twitter, FerociouslySteph wrote about increasing competitiveness through voice chat they say mostly people “with the voice of a white hetero-man.”
FerociouslySteph is not only a transgender girl: she positions herself as a furry deer. During the broadcasts, she often depicts this animal, and also wears a hoop with artificial horns. Due to controversial videos on her channel, in the comments on reddit, the girl is called a “freak” and wondered if she has a mental illness.
An active debate arose in the network – some users felt that FerociouslySteph insulted white men with their statements. Upper Echelon Gaming blogger wrote that Twitch made a mistake by inviting a stag girl to an advisory board.
Twitch declined to respond to user complaints. In a commentary on the Newsweek portal, a platform spokesman said it was providing support to board members.
Earlier, a developer from Riot Games complained about sexist abuse in voice chat in Valorant. You can read more about this. here.