Twitch.tv is updating its guidelines and procedures in how you can utilize the platform. After plenty of complaints about certain forms of speech, topics, dress codes, and language ran afoul of the typical Intersectional Inquisition standards, Twitch decided to do something about it.
Over on the Twitch.tv blog, the company states that after broadening the platform to include non-gaming material for livestreaming purposes, they’ve decided to revisit how the rules are applied on the site. This measures included updating the code of conduct that users must adhere to under the SocJus leadership.
This is no joke. In the new policy update you can and will be banned for “hateful” content that takes place off-site, whether it be comments, videos, social media messages, or other forms of “hateful” conduct. The site states…
“First, conduct we deem to be hateful will result in an immediate indefinite suspension. Hate simply has no place in the Twitch community.
“Additionally, we will now consider verifiable hateful or harassing conduct that takes place off-Twitch when making moderation decisions for actions that occur on Twitch. If you use other services to direct hate or harassment towards someone on Twitch, we will consider it a violation of Twitch’s policies.”
This is identical to Blizzard Entertainment’s new anti-toxicity measures, where they will be monitoring social media feeds and other off-site activity of Overwatch users to ban them for toxicity.
Blizzard already admitted to scouring through YouTube to monitor conduct that they deem “toxic”, and will ban users for behavior that doesn’t fit inline with what they want from their Overwatch audience.
In the case of Twitch, they make it clear that even jokes will be monitored, and tone policing will be enforced. If you decide to jokingly use words that Twitch deems as being “hateful”, your account will be indefinitely suspended. The new rule states…
“We are also updating our moderation framework to pay close attention to the context and intent in addition to the words or actions used. Please remember, even if you’re just joking with your friends, you’re still choosing to stream on a service that reaches a large audience.”
There will also be no more “cam-whoring”… as it’s called. Twitch wants female streamers dressed appropriately, as if they were attending the “mall” or a “restaurant”. They stop just short of enforcing women to dress for church.
Again, this is not a joke. In the actual policy update it states…
“Attire in gaming streams, most at-home streams, and all profile/channel imagery should be appropriate for a public street, mall, or restaurant. 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.”
So all of the girls featured in the video below courtesy of Adele Miracle, will likely no longer get a free pass on Twitch.
A lot of people felt that Blizzard really stepped over the line by announcing that they would be policing behavior outside of Overwatch to ban players from Overwatch. However, I wonder if there will be equal uproar over Twitch policing social media feeds such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, or heck maybe even uncensored comment sections like on One Angry Gamer to ban users from Twitch?