Twitch announces a new Hateful Conduct and Harassment Policy designed to give content creators and users a clear understanding of what behaviors are considered unacceptable to streaming services and what to do if a rule is violated. did.
“Many people on Twitch, especially women, LGBTQIA + community members, blacks, indigenous peoples, and people of color, unfortunately have disproportionate amounts of harassment and abuse online, including our services. I continue to experience it, “explained the company. Posting the announcement. “Not only is this blatantly unacceptable, but it also undermines the community we’re building on Twitch and threatens the long-term viability of streaming as a career for anyone who wants to pursue it.”
To that end, Twitch’s updated guidelines (currently categorized into three major categories: harassment, hatred, and sexual misconduct) “take a clearer and more consistent stance on hatred and harassment. The purpose is to clarify existing policies and introduce more to others. Thoroughly address additional concerns.
Twitch classifies harassment as “targeted attacks with attention-grabbing behavior designed to disrupt, harm, or hijack communities and streams,” but harassment is now “gender.” , Harassment based on identity characteristics such as ethnicity. ” Color, caste, country of origin, immigration status, religion, gender, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, serious medical condition, and veteran status.
In particular, Twitch’s Hate Act policy currently explicitly prohibits sharing of hate groups, hate group membership, and hate group promotions. “Given the historical and symbolic link to slavery and white supremacist groups, the Confederate flag is also banned. We.” In addition, “black / brown / yellow / blush” is strictly prohibited “unless explicitly used in an educational context,” and the company points out that emotes abuse also falls into this category. I am.
Completing Twitch’s policy updates is a new section that addresses sexual harassment directly, and the company is currently adopting “much less tolerant of objectification or harassment.” The new restrictions make repeated comments about someone’s perceived appeal, sneaky about someone’s sexual orientation or appearance (including those of public figures) when it becomes clear that such comments are unwelcome. Or you are prohibited from making explicit comments and sending unilateral links to nude images or videos.
“With the new policy, safety teams look at statements or actions to determine if an action is abusive and violates guidelines, rather than relying solely on perceived intent,” Twitch said. It states. Penalties range from warning to suspension (from 24 hours to indefinite suspension), depending on the severity of the violation, whether the violation is repeated, and the user’s enforcement history, if applicable. However, there is considerable nuance in how the rules apply in certain edge cases and exceptions, so it’s worth reading the entire post if you’re interested.
Twitch’s new guidelines will come into effect on January 22, next year, and will only affect content created after that date. According to the company, everyone shares early so that they have “enough time to understand what’s changing.”
“This is another step in recognizing Twitch’s safety vision. We know we still have a lot to do and promise to invest the time and resources needed to do this right. We do, “the company concludes.