US Army backing down from Twitch

US Army backing down from Twitch

The US Army is apparently, um, withdrawing from streaming platform Twitch after it was revealed it was seemingly trying to trick viewers into filling in recruitment forms.

In an email seen by both esports journalist Rod "Slash" Breslau and Kotaku, the US Army has said that it is pausing its esports team, as well as streaming on Twitch. The military branch says it might not restart this activity until spring 2021.

This also comes as US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (pictured) has introduced a measure to stop the military using video games as a means of recruiting. According to Vice, a draft amendment was filed on July 22nd to the House Appropriations bill and would prevent the military from spending taxpayer dollars to streaming video games.

The next meeting of the House Appropriations Committee is set for next week.

“It’s incredibly irresponsible for the Army and the Navy to be recruiting impressionable young people and children via live streaming platforms," Ocasio-Cortez said.

"War is not a game, and the Marine Corps’ decision not to engage in this recruiting tool should be a clear signal to the other branches of the military to cease this practice entirely.”

Twitch had to tell the US Army to stop using its platform to recruit last week

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