Twitch Streamer Trihex Banned for Saying Homophobic Slur

Mychal Ramon Jefferson, better known as streamer Trihex, has been banned from Twitch. On a stream this week, he called a friend that was sitting in the same room as him a "f----t." After saying the word, he apologized, but the damage was done. It's unclear if the ban is permanent or temporary; Trihex has not spoken about the ban on his Instagram account.

The Livestreamfails subreddit post about the ban has more than 2,000 upvotes and is full of redditors contemplating Twitch's terms of service. Earlier this week, Byron "Reckful" Bernstein went off on another's streamers chat saying that he could "hire 10 people to kill your entire family." However, redditors noted that Reckful still isn't banned on Twitch, even though he incited violence.

"They banned my boy TriHex for making a joke with his friend but not Reckful for all those threats," reddit user anony312 wrote. "Better companies are going to learn from Twitch's mistakes," DirectAffect replied.

Twitch's terms of service were updated in March to give a more concrete list of bannable offenses on the platform. One such offense is "hate speech" which Twitch takes very seriously. But some top streamers who have slipped up and said terrible word, have never received punishment. Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, the most successful streamer on Twitch, accidentally let out an n-word singing a Logic song while drunk on a stream. Twitch never banned him for the offense. But other large streamers like Tfue and Destiny have received one week to 30-day bans for using inappropriate language.

Trihex is the face of one of Twitch's oldest and most recognizable emotes: Trihard. The streamer started his career on Twitch showing off his speedruns, quickly pulling in an audience who watched him complete games like Crash Bandicoot and Super Mario Odyssey. Over the course of his career, he's appeared alongside controversial streamers like Ice Poseidon, but this is his first major offense on Twitch.

Twitch does not comment on individual bans.