Throughout these occasions, Gutierrez tweeted a press release concerning the occasions on Capitol Hill that appeared to name for additional violence throughout the takeover.
‘Will there be civil unrest for the lady who was executed contained in the Capitol at the moment or will the #MAGAMartyr die in useless?” Gutierrez tweeted.
In a statement to IGN from a Twitch spokesperson, the company announced, “We have made the choice to take away the PogChamp emote following statements from the face of the emote encouraging additional violence after what passed off within the Capitol at the moment.”
The company added, “We would like the sentiment and use of Pog to dwell on — its which means is way greater than the particular person depicted or picture itself — and it has an enormous place in Twitch tradition. Nevertheless, we will not in good conscience proceed to allow use of the picture. We are going to work with the neighborhood to design a brand new emote for essentially the most hype moments on Twitch.”
We’ve made the decision to remove the PogChamp emote following statements from the face of the emote encouraging further violence after what took place in the Capitol today.
— Twitch (@Twitch) January 7, 2021
Gutierrez is a Street Fighter player whose surprised face reaction became the basis of the ‘PogChamp’ Twitch emote. It is a popular emote often used by commenters when surprising moments happen on stream, particularly in fighting games.
Responses to Gutierrez’s tweet from commenters condemned his statement as insensitive and commenters wondered if Twitch would take down the ‘PogChamp’ emote in light of the tweet and now Twitch has agreed to do so. Streamer ZombaeKillz initially called for the emote to be removed following Gutierrez’s tweet, and others following her lead moved before Twitch to ban the emote from their own private stream channels.
Twitch is yet another digital company moving in response to the events of yesterday’s Capitol Hill insurgency. Facebook has also made moves to “indefinitely” ban Donald Trump from its providers, and Twitter has issued a brief ban on Donald Trump’s Twitter account.
Twitch says it can work with the neighborhood to create a brand new emote, however has not revealed what that course of will entail.
Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.