Briefing

Twitch may ban users for serious offences offsite

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The game-streaming platform said it will not tolerate “egregious types of physical and psychological harm” that happen off its site and issue enforcements up to an indefinite suspension and bans on subsequently registering accounts. (The Logic)

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Talking point: Serious offences include terrorist activities, hate-group membership and sexual exploitation of children. The company recognized this as “a novel approach for both Twitch and the industry at large,” and said it believes people who commit these offences “are more likely to engage in behaviours on Twitch in violation of our Community Guidelines, or would create overt safety risks for our communities.” Twitch has partnered with what it called an “experienced” law firm to support its internal team in investigating incidents. It noted the new policy is limited since the company is unable “to investigate behaviours that occur entirely off Twitch that fall outside these categories.”