Amazon-owned streaming service Twitch has updated its community guidelines with the target of dealing with harassment and toxic behavior.
Twitch isn’t just looking at behavior on the site itself either, the company confirmed that it will take into account and hateful or harassment at conventions, TwitchCon, Twitch Community Meetups, and even social media. What that means is that if Twitch sees behavior that goes against its policies on other sites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc. it could take action against the people involved if it is directed at Twitch users.
The updated policies will take effect on the 19th February 2018 at 9:00 am PST. After the policies come into effect, users that have been flagged for offensive bahvior in the past will be notified and the content will need to be removed to continue using Twitch.
Hateful Conduct includes anything that promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence based on the following:
- Race, ethnicity, or national origin
- Sex, Gender, or Gender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
- Disability or Medical Condition
- Physical Characteristics
- Veteran Status
Harassment focuses on any content or activity that attempts to intimidate, degrade, abuse, or bully others, or creates a hostile environment for others, and is prohibited including but not limited to:
- Bullying, such as repeated name calling or attempts to embarrass someone, with the intent to harm
- Abusing someone based on their employer, organization, or other affiliation
- Telling someone to hurt or kill themselves
- Creating user accounts dedicated to harassment or hate
- Stalking or violating someone’s established personal boundaries, such as circumventing channel bans, account blocks, or requests not to contact them
- Revealing someone’s personal information against their will or with the intent to harm them
- Recording someone against their will or with the intent to harm them
- Sharing content, including doctored or out-of-context content, with the intent to degrade, bully, or harm someone
- Browsing or raiding channels with malicious intent
- Unwanted sexual advances, sexual harassment, and sexual bullying
- Learn more about our policies and enforcement of sexual content, including sexual violence and exploitation
- Deliberately submitting false reports, doctoring report evidence, or report brigading
- Inciting or encouraging others to harass
Check out the new policies regarding hateful conduct and harassment here.