Twitch has updated its anti-bullying and hate speech policy. The site’s actions are aimed at protecting users from among the most vulnerable social groups: women, LGBTQ +, people with non-white skin color and indigenous peoples of different countries.
We know that many on Twitch, especially women, members of the LGBTQ + community, blacks, indigenous people and people of color, unfortunately continue to receive a disproportionate amount of negative messages.
This is not only unacceptable, but also contradicts the idea of the community that we create on Twitch. This undermines the desire of streamers to build a career out of it.
The new rules are divided into three categories:
- Incitement to hatred
- Sexual harassment
To convey to users the new rules and its own position on the above categories, Twitch will hold three discussions: December 11, 16 and January 6. The policy to counter aggression and incitement to hatred will take effect on January 22, 2021.
All content published after changes to the policy fall under the rules. Previous submissions will not be evaluated. Below is a summary of the top Twitch concerns for each category.
- Allegations that the person who is the victim of documented violence is portraying the victim or is lying
- Encourages other users to hack profiles, DDoS attacks, leaks of personal information and “swatting”
- Calls to harass users outside of Twitch, such as on social media
Incitement to hatred
- Twitch will regulate emoji and emoji combinations even when they are not accompanied by text. So, the rules prohibit the use of so-called “blackfaces”, as well as their counterparts in red, brown and yellow
- It is prohibited to use the flag of the Confederate States of America – as a symbol of slavery in the United States and the superiority of the white race over the rest
- Repeated comments expressing a personal opinion about the attractiveness of another person – in the event that there are indications that they are undesirable
- Obscene or obscene comments about another person’s sexuality or physical appearance
- Submitting unwanted or unsolicited links to images or videos of naked people