A Twitch star has been banned from streaming on the platform for using the word 'cracker' as a slur.
Hasan Piker, who is known for his left-wing political commentary, streams under the handle HasanAbi and has an astonishing 1.6 million followers on Twitch.
His account became unavailable to view as Piker took to Twitter confirming the ban on Monday night.
He wrote: "Yes. it is for exactly what you think it is. anti-white racism for using the term 'cracker.'"
Piker's tweet has over 58,000 likes and almost 5,000 retweets, with many other popular Twitch streamers like the Minecraft player Dream and Matthew "Mizkif" Rinaudo commenting jokes about the word "cracker", Insider reports.
He later added that he "probably never used" the word "before this weekend."
While the ban is believed to be temporary, it has not been confirmed when his account will be reinstated.
Twitch streamers, even popular ones, regularly get temporarily banned for violating the rules which prohibit the use of "hateful slurs, either undirected or targeted toward another individual."
According to NPR, the term "cracker," which is sometimes used as a racial epithet for white people in the southern states of the US, dates back to before the 17th century.
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The news comes just months after competitive Call of Duty player ExoHydraX, who was allegedly banned for broadcasting live from a hot tub, claimed she was racially discriminated against, with the platform saying it does not allow "sexually suggestive and explicit content".
The Twitch streamer claimed she was racially discriminated against in a scathing Twitter rant.
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She wrote: "Good luck being black and being a streamer on Twitch. I do the exact same content that yt girl do, but yet I get banned but they don’t? Beyond disappointing. THIS ISN’T OK.”
The platform has faced a backlash for banning female streamers in hot tubs and wearing bikinis and other revealing outfits.
Twitch has been contacted for a comment.
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