Twitch is strengthening its stance on harassment in latest community guidelines update

Hey maybe just don't harass anyone cool

Hey maybe just don't harass anyone cool

A little bit of change of behavior from the now, Amazon-owned company as they finally confess that they may have been "too slow to act" with updating the guidelines and ruling for their "ever-changing landscape" on the streaming platform. Last year, one streamer went on an animated rant against women on the platform that only resulted in a five day suspension. Check out our list of upcoming games on PC. This is a change to Twitch's Community Guidelines in which the platform is now clamping down on hateful behavior, in which they claim has no place within Twitch's community.

A sort of hypocritical Twitch was quoted saying "Our goal is to increase clarity, strength, and consistency across our entire moderation framework, as well as the frequency and level of detail of our moderation communications", however maybe it could really be time for Twitch to undo all their wrongs.

As the fighting game community's go-to source for live video sharing, Twitch and its policies have a great impact on how and what we communicate.

The first major change is to Twitch's anti-harassment and hateful conduct policies.

In a blog published today, Twitch announced the new enhancements made to its community guidelines which include policies on anti-harassment, hateful conduct, and sexual content. Twitch added "If you use other services to direct hate or harassment towards someone on Twitch, we will consider it a violation of Twitch's policies".

We are also updating our moderation framework to pay close attention to the context and intent in addition to the words or actions used.

"Remember, even if you're just joking with your friends, you're still choosing to stream on a service that reaches a large audience".

"We will not be monitoring other platforms", a representative of Twitch told Kotaku.


Twitch's previous guidelines prohibited "nudity and conduct involving overtly sexual behaviour and/or attire".

Its policy surrounding nudity and sexual behaviour is similar to what came before but in much greater detail, stating: "Attire (or lack of attire) meant to be sexually suggestive includes undergarments, intimate apparel, or exposing/focusing on male or female genitals, buttocks, or nipples".

Twitch, and users, did not feel these guidelines were strong or clear enough.

Twitch is an open global community with users of many ages and cultures.

As such, rules and regulations have become more and more important, as Twitch's reach now affects people the world over. The company is updating its moderation framework to review streamer conduct, and will use the new guidelines to determine whether the broadcast is meant to be explicit in nature. Evaluating sexual content will now take into consideration, "stream title, camera angles, emotes, panels, attire, overlays, and chat moderation". Further details are available online. "As a reminder, 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", the blog post said. The updated guidelines do give an overview of what Twitch wants to eliminate from the platform, but how far-reaching its actions will be is unclear.

"In the coming months, we will also be revisiting our enforcement policies for both partners and non-partners, our appeals process, IRL guidelines, and preventing user-to-user harassment", Twitch said. If this were an infomercial, it'd have to begin with, "Forget everything you know about slipcovers Twitch streaming!", because many are finding themselves perplexed with the overhaul.

Twitch announced updates to its community guidelines today, all of which will go into effect on February 19 at 9am PT.

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