first published on August 17, 2020 by Funker
The US Army eSports team has returned after a month-long review of policy and congressional attempts to cut funding. They have now recommenced streaming on Twitch.
Controversy arose when the team was accused of hosting fake giveaways as well as “violating the First Amendment” by banning spammers and trolls in the comments sections of their streams. Although no statements were released regarding the accusations of fake giveaways, the review found that many of the bans were justified.
“Regardless of platform, we welcome everyone’s viewpoint,” said Lt. Col. Kirk Duncan, mission support battalion commander. “But we can’t allow personal attacks on our soldiers, crude and inappropriate language, pornographic material, harassment, bullying of any kind.”
The team has now created a more transparent and consistent doctrine for dealing with trolls and spammers. Commenters breaking the rules will initially be given timeouts before permanent bans are issued. Also, nearly 300 accounts have been unbanned. A new appeal feature has been emplaced to add fairness to the process.
While the eSports team was dealing with the controversy, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) proposed an amendment to the House budget plan to block the military from using Twitch or other streaming platforms for the purpose of “recruiting impressionable young people and children.”`The attempt at legislation was defeated.