has an update to the community detailing the actions they are
taking to recent allegations of sexual abuse and harassment involving Twitch
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.