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This Popular Game Live Streaming Platform Supported And Funded Capitol Rioters

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DLive, a popular blockchain-based game live streaming platform, reportedly supported DC rioters in their attack on the Capitol on Wednesday. The platform also enabled funding to the rioters as well.

According to a report from Wired, DLive hosted multiple streams from the Capitol on Wednesday. The site also allowed viewers to make donations to the streamers as they broadcasted live from the location of the riots. The more popular DLive channels went live with titles like “March to Save America” and “Time to Take Our Country Back”. These videos were streamed by at least 140,000 DLive viewers, with many condoning and encouraging the radical actions of the mob in Washington.

One particular streamer, Tim Gionet, in fact, streamed after breaking into the Capitol itself, and the telecast was met with a massive response and huge funding. Gionet, also known as BakedAlaska, was banned from Twitter in 2017; YouTube removed his channel in October after he harassed retail workers over wearing masks. Another streamer was less ambitious than Gionet, he pointed the camera at a line of cop cars and says, “I was waiting for some content. I tried to get back to the Capitol for you boys, but it’s not possible. So this is what’s happening.”

While a majority of DLive streamers had backed the riots, the platform instead stood firmly against the crisis at the Capitol. As a matter of fact, during a live stream on Thursday, DLive’s head of community addressed yesterday’s events: “I do want to make it incredibly, incredibly clear that DLive does not condone any illegal activity. Peaceful protests? Fine. Reporting on the protests? Fine. But if your channel or you the streamer are involved in any illegal activity, your channel will be taken offline.”

DLive’s community guidelines technically prohibit hate speech. But on the service, the channel owners are themselves in charge of moderating content.

Source: Wired