From its humble beginnings as justin.tv, the popular live streaming website Twitch now finds itself among media giants. Acquired by Amazon back in 2014, the site is now looking to further bolster itself and and its user base against harassment, hatefulness, and especially sexual content. The new specified community guidelines (read as: code of conduct) come in the wake of personalities like Tyler1 and Dr DisRespect returning to the fold, and in a notably post-Logan Paul world.
In a blog post released yesterday by the live streaming platform, Twitch will address hate and harassment that takes place both on and off the site. This means that a particularly vicious comment made on Twitter, or even potentially somewhere like Discord, could lead to an “immediate indefinite suspension” on Twitch. Additionally, overly suggestive streams, or streams sexual in nature, have also been identified in the blog as actionable content. Twitch will “be looking at contextual elements such as the stream title, camera angles, emotes, panels, attire, overlays, and chat moderation… we will not tolerate using this policy as a basis to harass streamers on or off Twitch, regardless of whether you think they’re breaking this rule.”
Streamers will have until February 19 to clean up their act before the new rules come into effect. If you would like the peruse the memorandum in its un-paraphrased entirety, you can do so here. Alternatively, you can get entertained by The Goners, the official Too Far Gone podcast.
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