Twitch streamers are planning to step away from the platform today for a day of protest. The goal of #DayOffTwitch is to bring attention to a recent burst of harassment in the form of “hate raids” directed toward marginalized creators. RekItRaven (who declined to share their full name) summed it up: “I’m tired of feeling like I’m not allowed to exist based off of circumstances that are out of my control, and I know other people are too.”

Many of the raids are automated. In some cases, the harassing messages posted by bots have overwhelmed chats to the point where streamers had to stop their streams. Automated hate. Let that sink in for a while. Automated hate.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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