Just days after Twitch suffered a huge security breach that leaked over 125GB of data, the face of Amazon founder and chairman, Jeff Bezos, was seen trolling over 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 the early hours of 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:
That image is of Bezos, who is famous for turning a small online bookstore into an evil mega-corporation, making a ‘PogChamp’ emote face. The same image appeared in the original 4chan post of those claiming to have hacked Twitch in part because it was a “toxic cesspool.” Twitch has since called the cyber-burglary a “malicious third party” and is still continuing to investigate the extent of the damage. The contents of the first data dump allegedly included Twitch source code, information about a game client that could compete with Valve’s Steam storefront, and personal earnings records for Twitch’s highest paid streamers.
Several Twitch shenanigans are underway. All images in the title of the game catalog on the web version of Twitch now show a close-up of Jeff Bezos. This has been the case for the last 2 hours. pic.twitter.com/LcKP9jGMCC
– AnEternalEnigma (@AnEternalEnigma) October 8, 2021
Amazon originally bought Twitch for $ 970 ($ 1,327) 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 $ US1 ($ 1) trillion, Twitch has been criticized as a lot of social media platforms for both failing to moderate enough and failing to protect the content creators who generates its profits from harassment.
On September 1, thousands of streamers boycotted Twitch for 24 hours due to a lack of handling of hate raids and other attacks that were predominantly targeted 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.