Thu. May 19th, 2022

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is holding watches over his eyes while wearing a cowboy hat during a space rocket launch.

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Just days after Twitch suffered a huge security breach leaks over 125 GB of data, the face of Amazon founder and chairman Jeff Bezos was seen trolling several of the streaming platform’s game catalog pages. How it got there, or why, remains a mystery.

As first reported by The edge, users first began to notice the junk image of one of the richest people in the world destroying various corners of Twitch in early hours Friday morning. The affected pages include library directories for Grand Theft Auto V, Dota 2, Beat, Minecraft, and Peak Legends, among other. Many of the photos have since been removed, but from Friday afternoon on Gta vv the page still included Bezos’ face, though it’s easy to miss if you’re not already looking for it:

A screenshot of the Twitch Directory page for Grand Theft Auto V showing Jeff Bezos' face behind.

Screenshot: Smoking / Kotaku

That image is of Bezos, who is famous for turning a small online bookstore into a vicious mega-corporation, making a ‘PogChamp’ emote face. That same picture appeared in the original 4chan post by those who claim to have hacked Twitch in part because it was a “toxic cesspool.” Twitch has since called the cyber intrusion work on a “malicious third party, ”And continues to investigate the extent of the damage. The contents of the first data dump allegedly contained Twitch source code, information about a gaming client that could compete with Valve’s Steam storefront, and personal earnings records for Twitch’s highest paid streamers.

Amazon originally bought Twitch for $ 970 million in a cash deal back in 2014. Twitch has since become the preferred streaming platform for gamers, Dungeons & Dragons fans and even politicians. Despite being owned by a company estimated to be worth over $ 1 trillion, Twitch has been criticized as a lot of social media platforms for both failing to moderate enough and for not shielding the content creators who generate its profits from harassment.

On September 1, Thousands of streamers boycotted Twitch in a day over its failure to deal with hate raids and other attacks aimed primarily at marginalized content creators. Meanwhile, some of the biggest streamers have jumped ship to YouTube and Facebook. The leak of topstream personal earnings data as a result of the hack has also revived conversations about differences in the platform between top performers and everyone else, as well as concerns about data protection.

I’m not sure seeing Bezos’ face quietly appear anywhere on the site will help.


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