The popularity of Twitch is increasing as a streaming platform. As an avid user of Twitch and an avid expression of opinion, you now need to be conscious of your conduct, on and off Twitch. On 7th April 2021, the platform announced a major expansion on its misconduct policy. It allows Twitch to take action against the people who harass or mistreat others. Well, it doesn’t end here. The action could be taken on you even if you are mistreating others on another social platform.
According to the new policy, the streaming platform bifurcates misconduct into two distinct categories:
Category 1: This applies to the harassment and mistreatment that happens on and off Twitch
Category 2: This applies to harassment and mistreatment that happens on Twitch
If you fall under the first category, if your harassment report is being reviewed by Twitch of something that happened on-stream, it can also take into account related harassment on other platforms, like Facebook. Category 2 is new. If you have been found guilty of indulging in serious offenses and pose as a threat to the Twitch community, you will be banned irrespective of the offense being conducted on another platform.
The definition of serious offenses includes incidents about violent extremism, credible threats of mass violence, membership in a known hate group, sexual exploitation of children, and non-consensual sexual activities, among others. Considering the growth of online hatred over the past decade, Twitch’s actions are applaudable.
The seriousness of Twitch on the matter can be perceived by the fact that it has also brought forward a third-party law firm to assist with the investigations that are off the streaming platform. In a blog post that was shared by the company, “These investigations are vastly more complex and can take significant time and resources to resolve. For behaviors that take place off Twitch, we must rely more heavily on law enforcement and other services to share relevant evidence before we can move forward.”
This move has made streamers conscious of their conduct. A lot of people provide hateful opinions under the pretense of a joke. There is a limit to such behavior, but people who are used to such jibes do it on all platforms. It is easy to just spread around hate in a diverse group from an icon-sized existence. Nonetheless, it does have an impact on the people at large. Social media and streaming channels play an active role in the growth of mental distress.
Twitch, during this superb announcement, also stated, “the most egregious types of physical and psychological harm.” While it would honor the harassment reports, actions would also be taken to suspend the users who end up submitting too many fake reports.
If more channels were eager on taking a more strict take on online harassment like Twitch, the internet could become safer. Nonetheless, it is a great effort to consider and act upon the on and off-stream harassment, with platform no bar!