After presenting updates to their hate conduct and harassment policy criticized by the community, Twitch has announced new guidelines about the use of certain racial slices on the streaming service.
On 9 December, Twitch announced an update to the platform’s Hateful Conduct and Harassment policy. The update includes greater protection for groups on the platform, “particularly women, members of the LGBTQA + community, Blacks, Indigenous and people of color.”
Twitch then stated that his goals were “to take a clearer and more consistent stance against hatred and oppression, and to give it to you” [the community] More information on what’s on Twitch and what’s not acceptable. “
After that first announcement, Twitch released a series of tweets 19 December Confirmation of his stance on the use of racial slurs, especially the “N word.”
Additionally, slurs used for the purpose of hate or harassment are not permitted, regardless of spelling or pronunciation.
– Twitch (@Twitch) 19 December 2020
Twitch has made it clear that any use of the word as a racial slurry will not be tolerated, and it has already been blocked throughout the service.
The platform’s Twitter account issued a follow-up, stating that “slurs used for the purpose of hatred or harassment are not allowed, regardless of spelling or pronunciation.”
While many users posted positive reactions and praised Twitch for taking action, others were critical that it took the site a long time to take action, blocking other phrases before explicitly getting around it.
Okay, but why was R complete on the N word allowed R to say it on Twitch in general and today is the day that has been changed. HUH 4
– ibrandon andonandon🌈 (@iamBrandonTV) 19 December 2020
As a black fellow on twitch for 8 years I have always wondered why it was able to type in the first place. https://t.co/jwywUUs9qE
– Nick Polom (@nmplol) 19 December 2020
In another recent policy update, Twitch also added and updated clarification on the use of terms such as “simp,” “incel,” and “virgin” that were widely criticized by the Twitch community, and indeed the usage. Caused a major increase in. All of the targeted conditions.
Twitch issued another statement clarifying its position after that update. Clarifying that they will “take action when such terms (among others) are used to harass and harm members of the community.”
The policy change, which began on January 22, 2021, would apply to both on-screen chat and conduct. It remains to be seen which phrases or words can be blocked, but Twitch has promised to answer community questions before the change takes effect.
Based on the responses so far, we would say that there will be a very short time for Q&A.