Twitch’s live streaming service will ban users from offenses such as hateful gang membership or unreliable threats of total violence that occur entirely outside the site, with a new platform model, the company said on Wednesday.
The Amazon-owned platform, popular with video gamers, has said that under its new rules it will take steps to enforce offline lawsuits that pose a “significant security risk” to its public.
It cited examples of “serious misconduct” including terrorist activities, child sexual abuse, violent extremism, sincere threats of extreme violence, deliberate or deliberate act as a participant in sexual harassment and threatening Twitch or its employees.
“Taking action against misconduct that occurs entirely without our service is a Twitch novel process and the industry as a whole, but it is what we believe – and we hear from you – is essential for our well-being,” the company said on the blog.
The major social media companies Facebook and Twitter focus heavily on their own laws and practices for the enforcement of content and work on real services, with the exception of individuals or organizations that have identified them as dangerous or violent.
Twitch has previously monitored offline behaviors related to incidents on this site, such as harassment on other social media platforms. It also says it has historically taken steps against serious misconduct away from its service, such as when it permanently suspended the account of former US President Donald Trump after a crowd of his supporters attacked the American Capitol on January 6. Twitch said it had no major way in the past.
The company said users would be able to report such practices but could also investigate cases in operation, for example if there was a confirmed news report that a user had been arrested.
Twitch said he would rely heavily on law enforcement in “off-duty” cases and was working with an investigative law firm to support their internal team. Rejected company name.
The new standards will apply even if the target of offline behavior is not a Twitch user or if the perpetrator was not a user when performing these actions. The perpetrators will also be barred from registering a Twitch account, it said.
Twitch said it would only take action if there was evidence, such as screen shots, off-Twitch videos or police deployments, verified by an internal team or third-party investigators. Users who submit a large number of useless reports will face suspension.
The company said that in cases where this behavior has occurred in the past, users have worked for a time-like rehabilitation center, and are no longer a threat to the community, and may not take action or revert users to the complaint.
It states that it will share updates with stakeholders but will not share public updates on actions under this policy.