The Alinity and her dog controversy reignites debate about Twitch’s inconsistent bans and two-class system

Twitch is under fire from streamers who feel they're treated more harshly than others.

Twitch streamer Alinity has come under fire from the Twitch community and other streamers when a controversial clip of her and her dog went viral.

In the “yoga” clip, taken from a stream that took place a couple of days ago, Alinity's dog puts its nose in an inappropriate position as Alinity laughs.

The clip was one of the reasons that fellow Twitch streamer Corinna Kopf criticized Twitch for banning her when other streamers such as Alinity do things that she believes are much worse and yet get by with impunity.

Twitch's inconsistent application of rules is one of the biggest complaints against Twitch in recent months.

Corinna Kopf announced her ban on Twitter and said that she was banned for being dressed in “undergarments” during a stream.

Kopf was taking part in a stream to celebrate her birthday and also to celebrate reaching 400,000 followers on the platform when she was banned.

“i got banned tonight on twitch for wearing “undergarments”… i was wearing a chanel tank top. girls body paint on twitch and i get banned for that lmfao.”

Fellow streamer “Kalei Renay” joined the conversation to express her concerns about Twitch's inconsistent moderation practices.

“If that’s the case, and they banned you for that, they need to ban 75% of the females on Just Chatting, wearing the same thing if not worse,” Renay said. “Not hating on anyone, just saying the banning double standards are f*cked.”

That's when Kopf compared the unfairness of her ban to how Alinity appears to remain unbanned for her antics on the platform.

“remember someone threw their cat but i got banned for wearing a cute top,” Kopf tweeted – referencing the time Alinity threw her cat during a livestream and prompted an investigation by the SPCA and was slammed by PETA.

“But her emails,” Alinity chimed in – making a reference to a meme that was used to dismiss the importance of the fact 2016 US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton kept government emails hidden on a secret server in her bathroom.

Kopf responded: “Girl, you let your dog stick it's face in your v*gina for 10 seconds lmfao”

Alinity made no attempt to address the incident but said Kopf should sort out her own issues and not “look for excuses from someone else.”

“i’m not looking for an excuse, i’m just pointing out the inconsistency in their rules and banning process, and you just so happen to be an example on multiple occasions,” Kopf said.

The idea of Twitch applying bans inconsistently and the idea that the platform favors some creators more than others is nothing new. This recent incident adds to the idea that Twitch not being consistent with its rules is causing disputes to erupt within the community and creating a two-class system on the platform that divides creators.

Cindy Harper

Cindy Harper is a tech news staff writer based in Maryland, USA. After getting her start in local journalism, Cindy now reports mostly on social media stories for Reclaim. [email protected]