Amazon’s live broadcast service Twitch announced on Wednesday that it will apply its Behavioral Policy to extreme behavior that occurs outside of its app. These include lethal violence, hate speech, terrorism, threats of mass violence, insensitive sexual activity, child exploitation, threats against Twitch staff և Any threat of violence during the Twitch event.
“Taking action against misbehavior that is completely out of our service is a new approach for Twitch արդյուն industry in general, but what we believe we hear from you may be true,” Twitch wrote. in the blog, detailing its new rules that apply to all Twitch users.
Twitch rules have previously focused on the behavior of streamers on the platform, and although it has historically taken action against serious offense outside the platform, it has not mentioned this in its guidelines. (Twitch is owned by Amazon, whose founder, FF Bezos, is owned by The Washington Post). The new update is in response to a number of incidents, including the #MeToo wave of allegations that swept the gaming industry last year. “When several women became concerned about Twitch’s leaks, blaming them for misbehavior, the company realized that its current policy of misbehavior outside the platform needed to be clarified,” Twitch spokeswoman Gabriella Raila told The Post.
The company wrote that “until now we did not have a large-scale approach.” Twitch used to review harassment outside of its platform և look at the evidence before taking action, but this does not apply specifically to users who are leaders or members of hate groups or engage in other extreme behavior.
“There is something quite provocative in this gesture at a time when big media companies like Twitter and Facebook years later turned their attention to seducing white supremacists, domestic terrorists who spread open hatred, incited violence on their own social media pages.” said Lane Nunn, an associate professor of video game history at New York University.
The company has taken various measures in recent months to clean up its platform. In January, Twitch tightened its anti-hatred policy by openly banning the Confederate flag. It also transformed the popular gaming emotion, PogChamp, after the man in the emote posted comments on Twitter encouraging further violence in the January 6 Capitol riots.
Twitch is hiring a third-party law firm to assist with investigations, and has increased its internal law enforcement team. The results of the investigation will be communicated to the persons involved, but Twitch will not be published. These teams will also look for evidence to verify user reports.
People who report this behavior may present evidence, including direct links to public messages, or users have downloaded content that violates the rules. Twitch notes that the screenshots can still be edited, so they need to be provided with other verifiable evidence or validated by a law firm. Evidence may include police reports, rape collections, texts, emails, photos or conversations with third parties to corroborate the stories, according to Twitch’s Raila.
Twitch also noted that it does not currently have the capacity to prosecute other serious offenses that are not covered by the policy. The current list of offensive behaviors focuses on “the most serious crimes that pose an immediate threat to physical security to ensure that we are able to take action when they affect our community.”
“Imagine being a female host who was sexually abused by another member of the Twitch community, but that broadcaster never ‘officially’ breaks Twitch rules. “According to previous Twitch guidelines, this female stream had to coexist in the same streaming ecology as their attacker, which would definitely not make them feel safe.” “According to the revised rules, Twitch can remove the offender without the need to find any evidence in their content.” Instead, the company would prove that something went wrong off the platform.
Nuni added. “In a way, the revised Twitch guidelines push the platform to reflect community norms that are more like a person’s social connections. I do not need my friend to be forced into my house to have a reason to break up. “I just need credible evidence that they used violence elsewhere.”