Twitch Responds to Abuse and Harassment Allegations

Twitch Blog has an update to the community detailing the actions they are taking to recent allegations of sexual abuse and harassment involving Twitch streamers (thanks The Loadout). They say they are reviewing each case and "ensuring appropriate due diligence" in deciding how to handle the situation. They say the most severe cases will result in permanent suspensions, while other cases may require further investigation and/or the involvement of authorities:
We want to provide an update on our investigations into the recent allegations of sexual abuse and harassment involving Twitch streamers and actions we’re taking. We are reviewing each case that has come to light as quickly as possible, while ensuring appropriate due diligence as we assess these serious allegations. We’ve prioritized the most severe cases and will begin issuing permanent suspensions in line with our findings immediately. In many of the cases, the alleged incident took place off Twitch, and we need more information to make a determination. In some cases we will need to report the case to the proper authorities who are better placed to conduct a more thorough investigation. For those who’ve come forward and would like to share additional information, and to anyone who hasn’t shared their experience and wants to do so, you can report confidentially through the reporting tools on each streamer’s channel page.

We’re also committed to continuing our efforts to make Twitch a safer environment with more tools to combat harassment and hate. We have work underway including a review of our Hateful Conduct and Harassment policies, enhanced offensive username detection, improvements to AutoMod and our Banned Words list, and other projects focused on reducing harassment and hateful conduct.

Those who have come forward have shown incredible strength, vulnerability, and bravery. We acknowledge that we can’t singlehandedly tackle pervasive issues across the gaming and broader internet communities, but we take our responsibility as a service for our community seriously. We will continue to assess accusations against people affiliated with Twitch and explore ways Twitch can collaborate with other industry leaders on this important issue.
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Jun 26, 2020, 10:50
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Kxmode wrote on Jun 25, 2020, 20:28:
They say they are reviewing each case and "ensuring appropriate due diligence" in deciding how to handle the situation.

Outside of the legal system, this is the way it should be done.

Yep it is why I mostly stay away from these. Each is totally its own story and there is a lot of information we'll never have. We're nothing better than media when we really start to make decisions on these with what we have. They'll all get it figured out and most will be just.
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Jun 26, 2020, 06:46
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This civilization is so divided and fractured, so few trust law anymore and instead choose to follow fear and ignorance, and set up witchhunts and kangaroo courts where they can let their fear and worst instincts run amok.
"Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss." - The Who.
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Jun 25, 2020, 22:11
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Kxmode wrote on Jun 25, 2020, 20:28:
They say they are reviewing each case and "ensuring appropriate due diligence" in deciding how to handle the situation.

Outside of the legal system, this is the way it should be done.

But they aren't doing what they write. To report someone / harass someone all you need is a throwaway email and finding the report button, report them for sexual content, or racism (Or you create fake-accounts to post racist content on their streams) and tada, auto ban after a certain number of reports with zero recourse for the one hit by it unless they are super famous. And zero punishment for the ones using fake accounts to do so.


But to be fair, I am not sure how to fix that short of manual inspection of all reports, but that ain't what Twitch (nor Youtube or Facebook) is doing, hence why the problems are rampant. And many of the content creators hit by this are no longer on Twitch to begin with! With Twitch defending these (instigated) bans even... blagh
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They say they are reviewing each case and "ensuring appropriate due diligence" in deciding how to handle the situation.

Outside of the legal system, this is the way it should be done.
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times." - Those Who Remain by G. Michael Hopf
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Jun 25, 2020, 12:50
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The same twitch that randomly bans FEMALE bodypainters and FEMALE artists because the troll brigade is reporting them has a problem with racism and sexual abuse? You don't say! I wonder at what point the reality distortion field these cancel-brigade members conform to is too strong even for them...

Maybe then they realize that THEY are the problem, not the solution.
And yes, I dislike Twitch with some passion, and it makes me sad some of my favorite streamers are still there.
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