Twitch decided to permanently ban the popular ‘PogChamp’ emoji last Wednesday (07). The company’s decision came after Gootecks - a fighting game athlete who serves as a reference to the emote created in 2009 – published a tweet encouraging more “civil unrest” after a US Capitol riot, which was taken over by supporters of Donald Trump yesterday afternoon.
The athlete encourages followers of his social network to create even more turmoil after a woman was shot during the Capitol invasion and could not resist the injuries. Check out the publication:
“Will there be civil unrest for the woman who was executed inside the Capitol today or will #MAGAMartyr die in vain?” Says an excerpt from the Gootecks publication.
A few hours later, Twitch made the decision to remove the athlete’s emoji from the platform. Check the company’s statement in full, also via Twitter:
“We made the decision to remove the PogChamp emote after the statements on the face of the emoji encouraging more violence after what happened on Capitol Hill today .
We want the feeling and the use of Pog to remain alive – its meaning is much greater than the person portrayed or the image itself – and it has a great place in Twitch culture. However, we cannot in good conscience continue to allow the use of the image.
Let’s work with the community to create a new emoji for Twitch’s hottest moments. ”