Popular Japanese VTubers Kiryu Coco and Akai Haato have been banned from Hololive following comments made on a recent livestream.
The VTuber genre is arguably one of the fastest-growing genres of content creation on the internet right now, with millions of followers tuning watching on a variety of different platforms around the world.
However, two popular VTubers from Japan, Kiryu Coco and Akai Haato have now been banned from Hololive, one of the biggest VTuber communities, following comments made on a recent livestream.
Cover, the parent company to Hololive, released an official statement on September 27th explaining that they would be “suspending their [Coco and Haato] talent activities.”
Why was Kiryu Coco banned from Hololive?
- Kiryu Coco was banned for revealing “confidential information” to viewers and for “making statements insensitive to certain nationalities”.
In a recent livestream discussing their YouTube analytics, the pair announced the countries where they had received the most followers from. At which point in the stream, they highlighted that 7% of their viewers were based in Taiwan and displayed the nation’s flag.
According to Cover, both content creators were suspended because they had “divulged confidential YouTube channel analytics information on their respective live streams and used said data for their own purposes.”
However, Cover revealed that the pair were also banned because they made statements that were “insensitive to residents of certain regions” i.e. they mentioned Taiwan and displayed their flag, which China does not view as an independent nation.
Cover made a follow-up statement on the popular Chinese video streaming app ‘Bilibili’, where Hololive has a major following, stating that they “respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity … and firmly supports the one-China principle.”
Coco has issued her own statement regarding the ban on Twitter, which translates to: “There was a lack of consideration in the distribution. I’m sorry. We will take this situation properly and strive to raise awareness as a distributor.”
How long is Kiryu Coco’s baned for?
According to the statement made by Cover on the matter, Kiryu Coco and Akai Haato are banned from creating content for three weeks.
The suspension of the VTuber’s accounts is active from September 28th until October 19th, at which point both creators can return to livestreaming.
We will update this article if more information on the banning of Kiryu Coco and Akai Haato is officially revealed by either Cover, Hololive or the creators themselves.