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Twitch streamers to gain ability to block banned accounts

What To Know

  • Importantly, this applies whether it’s the streamer themselves or a moderator who initiates the ban.
  • Fisher stressed that this change is part of an ongoing effort to address certain moderation challenges on the platform.
  • Twitch has taken various steps to tackle this issue, such as introducing a one-click anti-harassment tool, enhancing the reporting and appeals process, revising its community policies, and adopting a more assertive stance against deepfakes.
  • Fisher acknowledged that there’s more work to be done in this area and that they’re addressing the problem in increments.

Twitch has recently revealed a forthcoming update that will give streamers the ability to prevent banned users from accessing their streams. Senior Product Manager Trevor Fisher shared this news on Twitch’s Patch Notes podcast, emphasizing that this feature won’t be automatically turned on. The rollout of this new blocking capability is expected to occur within the next few weeks.

The mechanics of this feature are straightforward. If you ban a viewer and they are currently watching your stream, their viewing will be immediately interrupted. This means they’ll lose their access to the ongoing stream.

Additionally, if you go offline and start streaming again, these banned users won’t be able to watch your subsequent streams either. This restriction remains in place until you choose to unban them. Importantly, this applies whether it’s the streamer themselves or a moderator who initiates the ban.

However, there’s an important limitation to keep in mind. This new feature exclusively affects users who are logged into their accounts. People who are viewing a stream without being logged into their Twitch accounts can still watch, as the platform isn’t currently implementing IP address blocking. This leaves an exception for viewers who choose not to log in.

Fisher stressed that this change is part of an ongoing effort to address certain moderation challenges on the platform. These include instances where female streamers have accused others of sexual abuse and inappropriate behavior.

Twitch has taken various steps to tackle this issue, such as introducing a one-click anti-harassment tool, enhancing the reporting and appeals process, revising its community policies, and adopting a more assertive stance against deepfakes.

Fisher acknowledged that there’s more work to be done in this area and that they’re addressing the problem in increments.

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