The company said Wednesday that the live-streaming service Twitch will ban users for hate-group membership or credible threats of mass violence, such as a complete removal from the site.
The Amazon-owned platform, which is popular among video gamers, said that under its new rules it would take enforcement action against offline crimes that posed a “substantial security risk” to its community.
In January, we began implementing our updated Hateful Conduct and Harassment Policy so that we can better protect everyone on Twitch.
Today, we want to share our plans for how we will handle twitch events.
Read blog here: https://t.co/vBnoY6nPau pic.twitter.com/KQX1ZBsRVg
– Twitch (@Twitch) 7 April, 2021
It stated that examples of this “serious misconduct” include terrorist activities, child sexual abuse, violent extremism, credible threats of mass violence, intentional acts as a partner of sexual harassment or threatening twitch or its employees.
The company said in a blog post, “With our service completely shut down, this is a new approach for both Twitch and the industry, but it’s a belief we believe in – and it’s right to hear from you.” “
Major social media companies Facebook and Twitter largely focus their rules and enforcement actions on content and activity on real services, an exception to some individuals or organizations they have designated as dangerous or violent.
Twitch previously noted behavior related to incidents on the site, such as harassment on other social media platforms. It said it had also historically taken action against serious misconduct away from its service, such as when it suspended the account of former US President Donald Trump indefinitely in front of a crowd of his supporters, He shook the US Capitol on 6 January. A large-scale approach in the past.
The company said that users would be able to report such behaviors, but for example, if there is a verified news report that a user has been arrested, it could possibly investigate cases.
Twitch said it would rely more on law enforcement in “off-service” cases and is partnering with an investigative law firm to support its internal team. The firm refused to name it.
The new standards will apply even if the target of offline behavior is not a twitch user or if the perpetrators did not commit a user when they performed the acts. Offenders will also be barred from registering a Twitch account.
Twitch said it would take action only if screen shots, off-twitch behavior or videos of police filings were verified by its internal team or third-party investigators. Users who submit fake reports in large amounts will face suspension.
The company said in cases where the behavior had occurred in the distant past, users had gone through rehabilitation as if in a corrective facility over time, and they no longer present a threat to the community, not this action. May or may not reinstate users on appeal.
It states that it will share updates with the parties involved but will not share public updates about actions under this policy.
© Thomson Reuters 2021
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