Microsoft has ended its partnership with Mixer streamer HarrisonJr after the streamer sent out a Tweet that made sexual references about underage Fortnite players.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Harrison “HarrisonJr” Patrick Stewart posted a now-deleted Tweet which he captioned “Come watch a registered sex offender plays [sic] Fortnite with 10 year olds!!”
While HarrisonJr’s Tweet has since been deleted, Twitter user @TheUglyDad grabbed a screenshot prior to its removal.
I don’t care your “comical” intent of the post, there is ZERO comical about the over 42 million survivors of sexual abuse in America, almost 3/4’s being children. You’re despicable.
.@WatchMixer perma ban this garbage.https://t.co/pQCcdAWtw1 pic.twitter.com/fRAL324mcM
— Wes H. (TheUglyDad) (@TheUglyDad) December 5, 2019
The streamer later Tweeted an apology, clarifying that while he meant it as a joke, he realises that the subject matter “isn’t something to be joked about.”
I want to apologize for my recent tweet. I absolutely agree that it was inappropriate and I'm sorry to the people that it upset. I made it without thinking how it would read. I meant it as a joke, but I agree with the fact that it isn't something to be joked about. I'm sorry.
— Harrison (@mixerharrisonjr) December 5, 2019
A few hours later he sent out another Tweet saying that he doesn’t “condone what [he] did” and will “never stop apologising for [it].”
Thank you to everyone who reached out today, whether through social media or the stream, to let me know how they felt, good or bad. Let me say once again that I do not condone what I did, and I feel terrible that I actually hurt people. I'll never stop apologizing for that
— Harrison (@mixerharrisonjr) December 6, 2019
A Microsoft spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that “[the team at Microsoft] take immediate action when we determine content violates our terms of service.”
“We encourage our users to report potential violations, and we provide guidance on how to do that. We’ve reviewed the content in question and as a result made the decision to end our partnership.”
HarrisonJr had been a verified partner on Mixer. He had around 80,000 followers on the platform prior to his un-verification. While it stayed up for a while after the incident, HarrisonJr’s Mixer page is now inactive, with all previous streams deleted.