Twitch Star’s BLM post earns him TikTok permaban on MLK day

A picture of Hasan "Hasanabi" Piker with a vector red prohibition sign emblazoned on him and the TikTok logo behind him.

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We’re talking about the mega-popular Twitch streamer Hasan “Hasanabi” Piker again. Rather than scandal related to his actions on the Amazon-owned streaming platform or anything related to how wealthy the political commentator is, Hasanabi is making headlines for being permanently banned from TikTok for “hateful behavior,” after his editor Hasanabi had reposted a clip from the December 14 Livestream on Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter.

Hasanabi is one of Twitch’s most popular broadcasters, attracting tens of thousands of viewers when he goes live on Amazon’s proprietary live streaming platform. A left-leaning progressive socialist, Hasanabi has covered countless political events from the 2020 election to the January 6 uprising and beyond. If something is going on in the world of politics, Hasanabi is likely to react to it. However, this tends to get him in trouble, and that’s exactly what happened on TikTok.

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As its editor Ostonox noted on Twitter, Hasanabi was banned from TikTok for “hate speech”. Ostonox explained that the clip, a small excerpt from Hasanabi’s live stream from December 14th what he reacts to a video of The cut, was about “how Black Lives Matter means we need to end systemic discrimination and police violence against black people in the United States.” The worst part about this permaban is that it happened on the day of Martin Luther King Jr . Plus, its editor was banned even.

According to TikTok Community Guidelines, hate speech and hate behavior are defined as “content that attacks, threatens, incites violence, or otherwise dehumanizes an individual or group”. The platform also addresses hateful ideology, explaining that it is rhetoric that demonstrates “a clear hostility towards people because of their protected characteristics” such as age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, gender and the like. Any content that meets these criteria, including those that “promote or justify violence” and “claim[ing] Dominance over a group of people” will be removed from the platform and could potentially lead to a permanent ban on TikTok.

“Like, please,” Hasanabi said in the clip above. “It’s a great way to look at the extremes on both sides. One side says, “Black lives matter and black lives are a part of all lives, so clearly all lives don’t matter until black lives matter because black lives don’t matter right now.” The other side says, “No fuck actually, all lives are important. Black lives matter too, you are just plain wrong to bring that up. The extreme of this situation is that one side is right in saying that black people are being disproportionately targeted by the criminal justice system and sometimes even killed as a result of these disproportionate attacks and systemic racism. The other side denies this reality. On the extreme side, on the other hand, they also take matters into their own damn hands. So how do you look at this situation and say, ‘Huh, both sides have some ideas here’?”

said Ostonox kotaku that Hasanabi has been “banned a few times” on TikTok in the past because the short-form video platform “acts very quickly when a video is reported.” He explained that if anything was reported, he and Hasanabi would file a complaint, which would then receive a “human reviewer” who would reverse the ban because “nothing violated community guidelines.” However, it appears that Hasanabi committed multiple infractions and got the boot.

“Our latest video [was posted on January 16] and started doing really well because it mocked the current TikTok trend of sites combining multiple colorful, engaging videos to increase watch time,” Ostonox said. “I’m not sure which part represents ‘hateful behavior’ as the clip used is of him explaining why ‘Black Lives Matter’ is a phrase meant to highlight the systemic oppression of black people in the US.”

Hasanabi tried to appeal the permaban, but according to a screenshot he posted on Twitterhas been rejected and will stay away from the platform.

In Live stream same dayHasanabi reacted to the TikTok permaban, shaking his head and saying he was “so freaking pissed” about it.

“Anytime a TikTok of mine goes viral, it automatically gets en masse flagged and I get the fuck permanently banned,” Hasanabi said. “Every time, dude. How? How? I mean it’s crazy. It’s crazy, dude, it’s fucking crazy. every time Like, without error. I hate it so much.”

kotaku has reached out to Hasanabi and TikTok for comment.

Black people, as almost universally demonstrated, are disproportionately affected by a number of oppressive structures in the United States, not just the criminal justice system. To assume that Black Lives Matter is a dog whistle for divisive politics is misguided at best. We just want to exist in the world and have the same opportunities as everyone else. So, Hasanabi is spot on: All lives don’t matter until black lives matter too. As simple as that.

Hasanabi has been in hot water for a number of reasons in the past. People got mad at him buying a house, equip a porcheven for say the word “crackers”. (of which Wheat Thins exonerated him with “The passport“). Hell, Hasanabi could probably breathe and people would find a reason to get upset with the left-leaning progressive socialist. This is just the latest example in a long line of controversy linked to Hasanabi’s belt. Twitch Star’s BLM post earns him TikTok permaban on MLK day

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