Twitch Might Ban Streamers For Off-Platform Offences

Published 04/09/2021, 8:49 AM EDT


Twitch recently updated its Hateful Conduct and Harassment Policy with a goal to protect every community on the platform. The update not only clarifies the company’s stance on some important matters, but talks about it handling cases of harassment that take place of Twitch.

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As per the current guidelines, the company can take action against users if there’s proof of them causing trouble on other platforms. These include social medias like Twitter and Instagram, other online services like YouTube, and even offline.

The off-service misconduct policy will now comprise two categories:

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  • The continuation of harassment on other platforms that originated on Twitch.
  • Serious offenses against the Twitch community, even if they occur completely outside the platform.

Twitch will not tolerate certain offensive behaviors, and will punish the users regardless of platform. Just to name a few, these are deadly violence and violent extremism, leadership in a known hate group, and terrorist activities.

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The live streaming service claims that this is the first step towards making it a safer space for everyone. Off-platform misconduct has always been monitored by Twitch, but the investigations often took a lot of time.

To curb this issue, Twitch has partnered with a highly regarded investigations law firm. In addition to that, it has increased the size of its team that that handles internal law enforcement.

Fortnite streamer heavily criticizes Twitch

Twitch had sent emails to several creators, notifying them about the updated Hateful Conduct and Harassment Policy. As expected, this has sparked a debate between the streamers and their viewers.

One of the most prominent names who has actively criticized Twitch is Arab. He primarily plays Fortnite on his channel and has even collaborated with the likes of Tfue.

Arab sees Twitch’s updated policy as an explicit threat to his career.

Fans know Arab for his outright straightforward personality owing to which he constantly makes jokes on Twitter. At times, these are related to his own community, and might seem offensive at first glance. From the looks of it, he will have to restrict such remarks even outside Twitch to avoid a ban.

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Other Fortnite pros like Bugha, Clix, and Ronaldo also have a similar image in front of their viewers. They often engage in verbal battles on other platforms and end up saying things that might get them banned now.

All in all, it is still too early to comment on the implications of Twitch’s new guidelines. As of now, the community can expect the company to use its off-platform misconduct policy judiciously.

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.

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