Twitch Removes PogChamp Emote In Wake Of US Capitol Violence

Video streaming site Twitch has removed the PogChamp emote after its face, Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, made controversial comments about the violence at the US Capitol on Wednesday.

“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 said in its statement on January 6.

“We want the sentiment and use of Pog to live on–its meaning is much bigger than the person depicted or image itself–and it has a big place in Twitch culture. However, we can’t in good conscience continue to enable use of the image,” the statement continued.

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