This week’s new guidelines of Twitch introduce a new reason for bans. From now on, harassment or any other offensive behavior will result in a ban, this does not depend on whether the action happened in Twitch or not. If it happened and it’s proven, the user who was offensive gets a ban.
Looks like Twitch is now scraping the barrel, removing the obstacle of platform-related issues that prevent offensive users from receiving bans. With these new guidelines, we can easily say that the restrictions against offensive people have been expanded.
We can say that the reason for bans can be labeled as basically being offensive and making hate speech(this of course includes the actions), also, Twitch gave us a list of actions that cause bans as a list:
- Deadly violence and violent extremism
- Terrorist activities or recruiting
- Explicit and/or credible threats of mass violence(i.e. threats against a group of people, event, or location where people would gather).
- Leadership or membership in a known hate group
- Carrying out or acting as an accomplice to non-consensual sexual activities and/or sexual assault
- Sexual exploitation of children, such as child grooming and solicitation/distribution of underage sexual materials
- Actions that would directly and explicitly compromise the physical safety of the Twitch community, such as threatening violence at a Twitch event
- Explicit and/or credible threats against Twitch, including Twitch staff
Considering how some people can be like nowadays, it’s good to see that Twitch is taking action against such things happening. Considering how popular and frequently used Twitch is, we should maintain a safe environment in the platform. This will not only ensure that we are safe while using the platform but also prevent users from being insecure and more.
Let’s hope that these new guidelines are another step towards a toxicity-free community in Twitch, and of course, we’ll be looking forward to seeing more precautions taken against offensive content and behavior.