The US Navy twitch account was criticized for streaming games with offensive player names


The US Navy’s Twitch account is facing criticism after streaming a game between us featuring aggressive and racially insensitive names with at least two for glorifying Japan’s atomic bomb during World War II. Players who use were depicted.

On Saturday, the Navy’s Twitch account streamed the Os Us Games. Gaming websites Inven Global and Game Rant first reported on aggressive player names. The two players used the American references “Nagasaki” and “Japan 1945” to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.

Another player used the “gamer word” handle, which is often used in online gaming communities to replace the n-word. It is unclear whether these streamers were service members within the US Navy, but they were allowed to remain on the stream for about an hour.

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“The dreamer never directly addressed the names, nor explained why they were allowed in the first place. The use of these names is unbearable in any stream, but never in the stream of a government-run organization Is on a twitch to promote. Army, “Inven Global wrote criticizing the Navy.

Gaming advisor Rod Breslau tweeted, “The US Navy played Twitch tonight as a ‘gamer word’ between us in Japan in 1945, with people named Nagasaki and black crewmates not being able to tell them to stream Was laughing about. The military is your average online cringeord, “

Newsweek Reached the Navy for comment, but did not respond until publication.

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The US Army and Navy have faced controversies in recent months due to their Twitch channels. In July, military branches decided to ban hundreds of users who severely talked about US military action around the world. Following further criticism, the Army and Navy temporarily stopped using Twitch to stream the game, but resumed in August, according to CNN. The military has reportedly turned to live-streaming platforms as a means of becoming more reliable of Gen Z.

Commander of the Navy Recruiting Command, Dennis Vallej, told CNN in August that the Navy’s esports team helps build sailors and that we are more reliable for the new generation.

The US Navy Department seal hangs on the wall at the Pentagon in Washington DC on February 24, 2009
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After Twitch users were banned by military branches for allegedly asking questions about American war crimes, civil rights lawyers warned that the action could violate the First Amendment.

“If the Army Run Twitch channel is a public forum, removing comments or preventing people from commenting based on their point of view, such as asking about military crimes, would be a violation of the First Amendment,” a senior staff member at Knight First Attorney Katie Fallow. The Revision Institute at Columbia University told VICE in July.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) agreed.

“It seems that what happened was a violation of the First Amendment,” Vella Edelman, an attorney attorney for the ACLU’s speech, told Online magazine, the privacy and technology project.