Twitch, in an effort to curb hateful behavior and harassment, updated its username policy this week to prevent references to “sexual, stimulating, fluid, or bodily behavior.” sexual organs” as well as “referring to strong drugs” – with cannabis specifically exempted, along with alcohol and tobacco, from the ban.
It is not clear whether a trend or something specific triggered this change; in a note to users published on ThursdayTwitch said it removed many of the reported usernames under its existing policy. But the company said, “We believe that setting a stronger standard is necessary to build a diverse, inclusive global community on Twitch.”
Twitch has, for a few years, been at war with a number of streamers who have grown large followings by upholding the spirit, if still following the letter, about some of its content policies. An example is so-called hot tub meta – a subgeneration of live events that take advantage of swimwear waivers within the guidelines for banning pornography or pornography.
Last summer, Twitch put in place a temporary ban to two popular content creators to stage ASMR yoga streams, which Twitch moderators consider a violation of the platform’s suggested content policy. Before that in 2021, Twitch had come this far create a category Pool, Hot Tub and Beachin response to advertisers’ complaints about appearing with such live streams.
As for the username policy, any content that conveys violence (or threats of violence), hate speech, or personally identifiable information is also prohibited. Twitch has outlined ways it will penalize accounts or users that create or attempt to create offending usernames. Violation of the policy will result in an indefinite suspension.
Twitch users have until March 1 to get their names right with the updated policy; then the execution starts.
“Usernames really matter on Twitch,” the company said in its note. “They are your written avatar in conversation and are an important part of the channel brand for Creators. Usernames are searchable and have site-wide visibility. With their use on Twitch channels, we believe they should be held to a common and higher standard than other places where people express themselves – like chat. “
https://www.polygon.com/22929530/twitch-username-policy-update-banned-words-sexual-content Twitch updates policy to ban sexual references in usernames