New Twitch Community Guidelines Tackle Harassment And Sexual Content
Twitch is updating its community guidelines and cracking down on harassment and sexual content in its live streams, the company announced today.
"Over the past several months, you’ve told us certain sections of our Community Guidelines were not clear enough, or, in some cases, not strong enough to govern this ever-changing landscape. And we were too slow to act," the company says in a blog post.
Twitch is rolling out a series of updates to its policies, moderation processes, and products. First, it says it's strengthening its stance on harassment and hate. Conduct deemed hateful will now result in an immediate indefinite suspension. Additionally, it will now consider verifiable harassment that takes place off Twitch when making moderation decisions on Twitch. This means if someone uses other services to direct hate or harassment towards someone on Twitch, the company will consider it a violation of its policies.
"Hate simply has no place in the Twitch community," it says.
The other big change involves sexually suggestive content. Twitch says it will now review a streamer's conduct in its entirety, including stream titles, camera angles, emotes, attire, and overlays. Attire during streams should be appropriate for a public street, mall, or restaurant, Twitch says, but it reminds people it won't tolerate using the policy as a basis for harassing streamers.
You can read up on the new guidelines here. They go into effect Monday, February 19th at 9 a.m. Pacific.