Twitch will change the face of PogChamp every 24 hours

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Twitch removed its popular PogChamp emote a couple of days ago after the person on which it was based posted some tweets encouraging more mob violence after the riot at the Capitol. The spirit of PogChamp, however, will live on, Twitch announced that it would cycle through different versions of the emote every 24 hours. The reason PogChamp was popular was because it was the site’s global hype emote: when anything cool happened on Twitch, you could be sure to see people pogging in the chat. As the writer put it in his excellent newsletter Garbage Day, Twitch removing the PogChamp emote was probably in service of taking the site truly mainstream. “The other big part of this is that Twitch’s long-term goal as a company seems to be fully divorcing themselves from the reputation as an ESPN for gamers,” Broderick writes. Twitch’s push toward truly mainstream relevance didn’t start in 2020, and a year spent mostly inside helped move the site there.

Parler removed by Apple from the App Store

Apple has removed Parler from the App Store, following accusations that the social media app was fostering calls to violence ahead of, and following, the raid on the US Capitol. “We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity. Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues,” reads a statement from the company. Apple issued an ultimatum to Parler demanding that it remove content in violation with its policies, which was first reported by BuzzFeed News. Apple said Parler had 24 hours to make the changes or else it would be removed from the App Store. Apparently, Parler did propose some changes, but Apple decided they weren’t sufficient, according to a statement sent to Parler alongside its final decision to remove the app. The app jumped up to #1 on the App Store and may have gained hundreds of thousands of users between the time Apple issued its 24-hour ultimatum and when the company pulled it down.