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Twitch deletes Black Lives Matter message following criticism it lacked Black creators

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Livestream platform Twitch has deleted a message supporting the Black Lives Matter movement after acknowledging that the video itself – which featured some of its biggest streamers – lacked diversity.

As spotted by Polygon, the deleted video ran with the caption "Working together to make an impact for Black lives" and featured popular entertainers such as DrLupo, RubberNinja, and Jacksepticeye.

However, Twitch subsequently deleted the tweet after Black content creators and streamers pointed out that of the minute-long video, just 11 seconds of it featured BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) voices, and just one had a spoken line featured in the message. 

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"This is a whole bucket of fail," tweeted Twitch partner Tanya DePass. "There's a WHOLE LOT of Black Creators on here who not only speak out on this ALL THE TIME, but don't get any credit for it. Y'all are speaking over us. Highlight Black folks doing the work already."

"We hear you. Our goal was to demonstrate the importance of allyship - a message we didn't make clear," Twitch admitted in a follow-up message. "Only by working together can we create a positive change."

In news related to the Black Lives Matter movement, Netflix recently curated a selection of movies and TV shows under the umbrella of the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement. In recent weeks, Gone with the Wind has been pulled from HBO Max (but will return with added context about its racial insensitivity), Hollywood has rallied around John Boyega after his impassioned Black Lives Matter speech in London, while Bungie even added an eight-minute and 46-second-long silence to the beginning of its Destiny 2 reveal stream in tribute to George Floyd. 

Fortnite also recently premiered "a series of conversations that advance the dialogue around race in America with prominent BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) voices in business, sports, media, music, and entertainment" yesterday at 8:46 am CDT. As our friends at PC Gamer pointed out at the time, the time is in reference to the May 2020 murder of George Floyd who was killed by a former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

For more on the Black Lives Matter movement – why it’s important, what you can do to help, and what comes next – be sure to read journalist Elle Osili-Wood’s piece here.

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Vikki Blake
Part of GR+'s news crew, Vikki is a (jumpy) survival horror survivalist with a penchant for sci-fi, shooters, thrillers, and a strong cup of Yorkshire tea. A committed Guardian and Spartan, she's terrible at FPSs, but loves 'em all the same.