Twitch is taking legal action against those who create and sell viewbot services to streamers.
Viewbot services allow someone to artificially inflate their viewing figures on the streaming site. This in turn can be used to become invited to the sites partner program. This means more money from advertising, subscription options and more partner only options.
In a blog post SVP of Marketing Matthew DiPietro outlined what Twitch is doing against the practice:
First, we employ a range of technological solutions to detect false viewers and remove them. This is an ongoing effort that requires regular maintenance and engineering, and one we’re dedicated to continuing and making even more effective.
Second, our moderation, support, and partnerships teams regularly investigate reports of artificially inflated viewer and follower counts, as well as fake chat activity, and respond to them on a case-by-case basis.
Today we are adding a third layer. We are taking the next step toward protecting Twitch viewers and broadcasters from the damaging effects of this kind of malicious activity by taking public legal action against seven of the most active sellers of viewbot services. See here for the full text of the public legal complaint.
He goes on to explain how Twitch streamers can help themselves and the community on the site as a whole:
Ultimately though, the best way to stop viewbot sellers from profiting off of empty promises is to not buy their services. Using viewbots hurts anyone using them on their own channel or found to be using them against other channels, as well as the Twitch community at large.
For more information on how Twitch handles viewbot and follow-bots check out their help article.