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Just over a year after its official launch, the Data Transfer Project is announcing a new set of partners and features. Today, Apple announced that it will be joining the project, developing interoperable systems to bring data in and out of iCloud. A number of alternative social networks have also joined the project, with Tim Berners-Lee’s Solid project enabling the import and export of contacts, and Mastodon allowing for the import and export of posts.

An open-source project aimed at making it easier to transfer data from one service to another, the Data Transfer Project has mostly consisted of back-end coding to make data export tools like Google Takeout and Facebook’s Access Your Information tool compatible with each other. Right now, those tools let you download data directly to your hard drive, but the hope is that the project’s code could allow the data to be ported directly to another service.
 
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Context: Twitch is a streaming video service you've probably heard of, and is owned by Amazon. Mixer is a newer, competing service which is owned by Microsoft. Ninja was a streamer who used to run on Twitch, and in fact was one of their most popular streamers with 14 million followers. At the beginning of this month (August), Ninja surprised everyone by announcing that he was moving to Mixer exclusively. Twitch appears to have maturely retaliated for Ninja's jumping ship:

Twitch's CEO Emmett Shear has now responded to the controversy, stating that they were testing new systems to surface recommended content in offline channels. Although this doesn't explain why they had included text on Ninja's channel that cryptically referred to the fact he'd moved to Mixer, while hiding all of his channel branding and social links in the process. Twitch's CEO also apologized for the "lewd" content displayed on Ninja's channel, noting that the offending channels had been permanently banned.

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It was a huge loss for Twitch, given that Ninja is credited with helping bring live game streaming into the mainstream. The move has legitimized Mixer to some degree, potentially giving Twitch some real competition for the first time. Up until now, Twitch hadn't really reacted to the move, but it has begun abusing Ninja's channel page on Twitch, turning it into an advertisement platform for other recommended streams — a "feature" which exists in no other pages on Twitch.

If that wasn't bad enough, Twitch added insult to injury by recommending a highly NSFW channel on the URL, which is undoubtedly frequented by youngsters. While Twitch is within its right to change its website as it sees fit, the fact it streamed adult content on Ninja's page without any form of age-gating potentially violates various laws. It shows how utterly haphazardly Twitch vomited this new "feature" onto its platform to take advantage of Ninja's dormant Twitch page, recommending streams completely incongruent with Ninja's brand.
 
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