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Twitch is accused of ignoring sexual assault and racism at the company

A new report from GamesIndustry.biz cites former Twitch employees who accuse the company of failing to address serious workplace issues.


Among the allegations:

  • One woman was verbally assaulted and spat on by a co-worker. "Her manager responded by asking her what she did to deserve it," the publication reports.
  • Multiple women told GamesIndustry.biz that men at the company sexually and verbally assaulted them.
  • HR reportedly did not address concerns, with one woman saying: "If you went to HR, that would just ruin you even more."
  • Male staff are said to have slut-shamed female Twitch streamers, referred to them as "boob streamers," and not taken their concerns about harassment seriously.
  • Staff had to "fight for a year to get the n-word on the global ban list," GamesIndustry.biz reports, and CEO Emmett Shear said the Ku Klux Klan should be allowed to stream on the platform.
In a statement to the publication, Twitch said: "We take any allegations of this nature extremely seriously, whether on our service or within our company, and work swiftly to investigate and address them as appropriate. Any suggestions to the contrary misrepresent our culture, leadership, and values. Many of these allegations are years old, and we've taken numerous steps to better protect and support our employees and community, and will continue to invest time and resources in this area."
Politics

'Woke tech' and 'the new slave power': Conservatives gather for Vegas summit

An agenda for the event, hosted by the Claremont Institute, listed speakers including U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

The so-called "Digital Statecraft Summit" was organized by the Claremont Institute. The speakers include U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, as well as a who's-who of far-right provocateurs.

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Conservative investors, political operatives, right-wing writers and Trump administration officials are quietly meeting in Las Vegas this weekend to discuss topics including China, "woke tech" and "the new slave power," according to four people who were invited to attend or speak at the event as well as a copy of the agenda obtained by Protocol.

The so-called "Digital Statecraft Summit" was organized by the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank that says its mission is to "restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life." A list of speakers for the event includes a combination of past and current government officials as well as a who's who of far-right provocateurs. One speaker, conservative legal scholar John Eastman, rallied the president's supporters at a White House event before the Capitol Hill riot earlier this month. Some others have been associated with racist ideologies.

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Emily Birnbaum

Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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