Twitch will ban people for off-platform harassment

Any person who sends fake reports will be suspended from the platform

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Twitch will ban people for off-platform harassment. Source: flickr.com

Twitch users will now be banned for engaging in serious malpractices that occur offline or on other platforms.

The ban effect comes under the newly expanded harassment and hateful conduct policy. This new policy will be an added approach to the company that will see Twitch respond to harassment offenses that pose a risk to the community. The policy will also apply to activities that occur outside Twitch.

Violent extremism, mass violence threats, deadly violence, sexual abuse or harassment for minors, and terrorist activities are among examples that the companies will act upon. However, since these investigations can be complex, the company will rely on law enforcement authorities in the provision of evidence. The new policy may be expanded in the future to cover other types of offenses.

Here’s the full list:

  • Deadly violence and violent extremism
  • Terrorist activities or recruiting
  • Explicit and/or credible threats of mass violence (i.e. threats against a group of people, event, or location where people would gather).
  • Leadership or membership in a known hate group
  • Carrying out or acting as an accomplice to non-consensual sexual activities and/or sexual assault
  • Sexual exploitation of children, such as child grooming and solicitation/distribution of underage sexual materials
  • Actions that would directly and explicitly compromise the physical safety of the Twitch community, such as threatening violence at a Twitch event
  • Explicit and/or credible threats against Twitch, including Twitch staff

To help in the investigations, a third-party probe law firm has been brought in. The law firm will help in the response to misconducts reported off the platform. An email address has also been created whereby persons can report the offenses. The information shared will be confidential.

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