New Twitch guidelines address anti-harassment and sexual content

New Twitch guidelines address anti-harassment and sexual content

New Twitch guidelines address anti-harassment and sexual content

Over the years Twitch have had to introduce new guidelines and procedures in order to ensure that broadcasters on their site don't ruin its image, and in 2018, they're making a concerted effort to fight back against the those over sexualizing the streamer and inappropriately moderating their channels.

Under the platform's new guidelines, any behavior deemed "hateful" will result in indefinite suspension; Twitch now has guidelines on what constitutes hateful behavior on its site. To that end, we are strengthening our stance on harassment and hate.

This is extending beyond the immediate Twitch experience as, "V$3 erifiable hateful or harassing conduct that takes place off-Twitch when making moderation decisions for actions that occur on Twitch".

The streaming platform is updating standards again, this time focusing on anti-harassment and sexual content policy.

In a statement issued to Dot Esports, Twitch clarified what sort of hateful speech would warrant an immediate suspension.

In 2017, Twitch announced it would be doing more than just streaming video games, but actually host videos and television episodes, like a marathon of Mister Roger's Neighborhood. We're updating our moderation framework to review your conduct in its entirety when evaluating if the intent is to be sexually suggestive.

The new sexual content policy lays out guidelines for how streamers should dress: in clothing that would be appropriate for "a public street, mall, or restaurant". We'll be looking at contextual elements such as the stream title, camera angles, emotes, panels, attire, overlays, and chat moderation.

Twitch has also added to its rules against "sexual content".

The full changes are available in the revised Community Guidelines.

While the blog post mostly focuses on the sexual content forbidden on Twitch, it also notes that "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". You can read some examples and learn even more about how these changes may affect you in our corresponding help articles on anti-harassment and sexual content. The company announced today that its new rules will kick into effect on February 19th at 9AM PT - time meant to give users enough warning to remove any clips or videos on demand that violate new guidelines. Until then, we'll continue operating under the former Community Guidelines.

The old guidelines will remain in use until that date, but all clips and VODs that violate Twitch's new rules will have to be deleted, else the streamer could be punished. "Our goal is to ensure everyone understands and adheres to the updated community guidelines so you can keep creating content for your communities".

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