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Streamer strife as hate-raids hit Twitch

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While Twitch streamers go dark in protest of hate-raids on the platform, it’s a symptom of a larger issue within internet culture

Recently streamers have been bombarded with homophobic, racist and sexist bots, which are spamming messages in their chat for an extended period of time.

In May, Twitch introduced a feature with tags related to sexual orientation, gender, and race among others. This feature was requested by the community, but inadvertently allowed malicious hate-raids to target content creators using the tags.

Streamer BrySuperSaurus told Ticker News that while Twitch is aware of the issue, content creators on the platform want to see more done to combat hate raids and online trolling.

“Hate and hurtful, harmful comments, trolls for people on Twitch isn’t a new thing, this has been happening for a long time,” he said.

“But these hate raids and the fact bots are now doing it to people who use these tags has ramped up to an exponential amount.”

Content creators on the platform are frustrated about a perceived lack of action by Twitch, and organised a ‘day off Twitch’ on September 1st in an effort to force the company to take action.

In a statement on Twitter, Twitch said that they would do more to address the online harassment of targeting marginalised creators.

Mass bot attacks are a relatively new form of online ‘trolling’, however they are reminiscent of previous attempts carried out by online communities to harass other communities.

The 4Chan community was infamous for these raids, which often took the form of racist, homophobic or anti-Semitic behaviour.

Bot-raids are just the next evolution of these activities, where one person can create an army of bots to do the work that previously would have taken an entire community.

Reddit, one of the internet’s most popular websites, has been fighting its own battle against hate and disinformation. The website introduced quarantining subreddits in an effort to keep them separate from other communities on the website, and has banned subreddits they view as hateful or who have committed ‘brigading’, where members of the community will mass comment to troll other communities on the site.

The issues with hate-raids aren’t solely contained to Twitch, however they risk content creators leaving the platform if they don’t address it quickly.

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Who made your favourites list on Spotify?

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Spotify has been unwrapped, showcasing top songs, artists and albums that have been listened to this year

Spotify users are sharing their most-streamed songs, artists and albums from 2022.

The annual Spotify Unwrapped puts together a list the streaming service’s most popular tracks each year.

Bad Bunny is the first to top Spotify’s most-streamed artist list three years in a row. The Puerto Rican rapper was behind 18.5 billion streams.

Taylor Swift came a close second, followed by Drake, The Weekend and BTS.

Meanwhile, Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’ took out the top spot for most popular song.

Joe Rogan’s podcast finished the year on top.

The company likes to put a new spin on its lists, and this year gives users a glimpse into what your stream say about your overall taste.

They’ve worked out 16 listening personality types to best fit including The Replayer, The Specialist, and The Fanclubber.

There are also $40,000 messages of ‘thanks’ from artists for their top listeners.

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Fans tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie

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Christine McVie, the co-lead vocalist and keyboardist of Fleetwood Mac, has died at age 79.

The band has announced the news on Twitter, writing in a statement:

“There are no words to describer our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life.”

“We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”

McVie wrote hits including Little Lies, Everywhere and Don’t Stop.

She died peacefully at a hospital with her family by her side.

British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, founded in London in 1967, sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful groups ever.

Fans sharing their sadness at her loss. One writing:

This hurts – but I think if the joy her talent brought to millions. Thank You Christine for sharing your gift with so many of us. Rest In Peace

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Dua Lipa granted new citizenship

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Dua Lipa has been awarded an Albanian citizenship for her engagement with the country and endeavours to raise awareness

Dua Lipa now has an Albanian citizenship after she was praised for her international efforts to raise support for the country.

The British singer has been awarded the new honour by President Bajram Begaj.

It was a monumental moment for Lipa, who plans to finish her ‘Future Nostalgia’ tour in the country’s capital on November 28.

Begaj granted the citizenship to the icon for her contribution and global engagement on ‘important social causes.’

Lipa has a strong connection to the country, co-founding the Sunny Hill Foundation with her father to raise money for struggling people.

The singer was also born in London to immigrant parents.

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