Andréas “Sardoche” Honnet saw his Twitch channel banned from the platform following the broadcast of a political debate live.
Sardoche is one of the best-known French-speaking streamers on the Twitch platform. We often hear his nickname when he performs tremendously on various games, following his memorable reactions but also for his outspokenness.
On this Thursday, September 23, 2021, he did not hesitate to broadcast the political debate between Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Eric Zemmour on his own Twitch channel to comment on it by giving his opinion.
With the ban coming shortly after 10 p.m., the streamer spoke publicly about it barely an hour later to explain.
— StreamerBans (@StreamerBans) September 23, 2021
There is a real legal questioning on the fact that this debate can be an intellectual property of a private channel, given that it is very probably a “public meeting of a political nature” (Article L122-5 ).
The real question the French people are asking themselves:
— Sardoche (@Sardoche_Lol) September 23, 2021
As specified in his first tweet on the subject, the ban therefore lasts 48 hours.
But obviously, Sardoche was not the only one to be banned that same evening. Other streamers who rebroadcast the debate from BFMTV received the same ban for the same duration, including Akaruu, Hugo Travers and Koumo.
– Akaruu (@AkaruuxD) September 23, 2021
– Koumo in detention⛓☁️ (@KoumoBur) September 23, 2021
And for those who did not understand: I broadcast and explained the Mélenchon – Zemmour debate live on Twitch.
BFMTV reported my broadcast -> Twitch was forced to ban my 48h channel.
– Hugo Travers (HugoDécrypte) (@HugoTravers) September 23, 2021
It should be noted that BFMTV was also broadcasting the same debate live on its own Twitch channel, which explains these reports. Opinions differ as to the TV channel’s claims but Twitch has proved them right with these numerous bans which are not extremely harsh and serve more as a warning than anything at the moment.
It will be necessary to see whether, in the future, streamers will be able to legally re-broadcast debates of this type broadcast on a television channel that also uses Twitch.