With the increase in streamers getting targetted by follow bots, it’s important to know how to handle being follow-botted on Twitch.
Keeping It Brief
- Twitch is receiving heavy criticism for not doing enough to protect its streamers from harmful bots and hate raids.
- There’s an increasing number of streamers getting targetted by follow bots.
- We’ll give you tips and tricks that will help you handle being follow-botted on Twitch.
What Is Follow-Botting On Twitch?
Follow-botting is when several fake accounts follow a channel on Twitch. These accounts are usually bots, i.e., computer-generated and controlled by programs.
There’s plenty of shady services that sell follows using bots at a fixed price. Such services need to test out their bots before offering them to paying clients.
Thus they end up targeting low viewer count streams to test their follower bot service. Streamers can also get targeted by disgruntled viewers or ill-wishers who pay to have a particular channel follow-botted.
How To Handle Being Follow Botted On Twitch
When a streamer is follow-botted, a massive wave of fake accounts instantly follows their channel.
These fake follows trigger alerts and chat messages, overwhelming any streamer when they are live streaming.
Many streamers immediately panic as they presume they will get into trouble with Twitch and their account would get banned. However, Twitch doesn’t ban streamers when they get targeted by such attacks.
But there’s no reason to panic. You can easily handle being follow-botted on Twitch.
What To Do If You Get Follow Botted On Twitch
The first thing that overwhelms a streamer when they are follow-botted is the flurry of alerts.
All the fake follows trigger your custom alerts, and your chatbot may send messages in your chat to welcome every follower. Your first step when being follow-botted is to mute or altogether disable your follower alerts.
Whether you are using Streamlabs, Streamelements, or any other service to trigger your alerts, you’ll have an option to mute all alerts quickly or just mute alerts for follows.
You will also have to disable your bot’s message alerts for new followers. You can do so in your bot’s settings, or if you use a cloud bot, visit the dashboard and disable the required setting.
It may take a couple of minutes for you to disable all alerts related to follows, but once you are done, you would have successfully faced the biggest challenge while being follow botted.
Enable Chat Restrictions
While most follow bots are harmless, some bots may start spamming once they have followed your account.
To protect yourself and your community, you should immediately enable chat restrictions. You should be safe by putting your chat temporarily on a 10-minute follower-only mode.
Move On With Your Stream
Being follow-botted takes your attention away from whatever you were doing on your stream. However, once you’ve disabled alerts and enabled chat restrictions, move on with your stream.
You can address the issue to your viewers and community casually and move on.
Don’t pay any unnecessary attention to the bots once you’ve protected yourself. The majority of those who follow-bot a channel seek attention, and by giving them that, you’ll encourage their behavior.
Additionally, there’s no need to panic and end your stream. Twitch isn’t going to ban your channel for being a victim of follow-botting. Continue on as usual.
Raising A Support Ticket With Twitch After Being Follow Botted
Many streamers presume that if they don’t raise a support ticket with Twitch explaining the situation, their account will get banned. However, that isn’t true.
You are under no compulsion to raise a support ticket with Twitch for being a victim of follow-botting.
Twitch often purges fake accounts from the platform and automatically removes the followers you and other streamers gained while being follow-botted.
Your follower count will eventually return to normal.
How Can I Remove Bots From My Followers List
If you wish to remove fake followers from your follower list, you can use CommanderRoot’s follower removal tool.
However, this action can lead to you accidentally removing ALL your followers. Therefore before proceeding to use the tool, watch the video guide provided on the tool’s page.
We hope this article helped you learn how to handle being follow-botted on Twitch.
While it can be stressful and overwhelming, do not panic. Protect yourself and your community, and carry on streaming as usual.