Twitch, a very popular streaming service mostly known for people that stream themselves playing video games, announced on February 8th that some big changes are coming effective February 19th to their Community Guidelines. Owned by Amazon, Twitch is very well known for providing gamers a place to stream themselves playing games as well as watching some of their favorite streamers play and also has evolved into a place where people can also stream themselves in a category known as “IRL” where people are able to take their stream just about everywhere.
A majority of these changes are in part because some who do stream themselves, mostly women streamers, have been known to engage themselves in sexual conduct or walking a rather fine line of sexual content on their streams. Some, such as streamer “Pink_Sparkles” has come under fire from users for their streams being too sexual or trying to use the platform as a means to sexualize themselves in order to make money. In my opinion there have been quite a few women that do stream on Twitch that in fact do use their body in a very sexually suggestive way in order to gain followers or even Subscribers by using certain camera angles or dressing in a certain way that reveals more then what should be for a site such as Twitch.
I am not saying that all women that use the platform do so by showing off their body. Take “Ms_Vixen” for example. She tends to dress rather modestly and yet does not make her stream about her body or use it in a sexually suggestive way. Let’s face it. The Internet is full of places where one can use their body to make money and quite frankly that is not what Twitch is about. Streamers should not have to compete with people that use their body in a sexually suggestive way to make money and with these new guidelines effective on the 19th there are going to be a lot of changes coming.
Twitch makes it very clear in their recent blog post about the guidelines that they will be looking at “contextual elements such as the stream title, camera angles, emotes, panels, attire, overlays, and chat moderation.” As well as “Offering access to prohibited sexual content such as lewds” meaning that any streamers that sell their Snapchat, for example, will not be tolerated. It will be interesting to see how these streamers if they do, make any changes to their respective channels before these rules are effective. However, they are also asking current channels to go through any and all previous videos and delete them if they have any violations in them, but my biggest concern is if bigger channels will be able to get away with this content while smaller channels will be banned.
If you want to check out the rest of the Community Guidelines which also coves anti-harassment and hateful content, head on over to the blog post which can be found here