Twitch comments on its failure to protect its creators from botting, hate raids, and other forms of harassment targeting marginalized creators.
Keeping It Brief
- Twitch streamers demanded the platform address several issues that plague it, and the hashtag #TwitchDoBetter started trending.
- Creators have been dealing with harmful botting, hate raids, and marginalized creators have been targeted with racism, bigotry, and other forms of harassment.
- Twitch finally commented on its failure to protect its creators.
Botting And Hate Raids On Twitch
Bots have bothered Twitch streamers for years, but recently there has been a rise in the number of streamers targeted by follow-bots and other harmful bots.
Additionally, there has been a rise in harassment and hate against marginalized creators.
Despite streamers taking all the precautions, bots programmed to spam thousands of racist and derogatory chat messages run rampant on the platform.
Twitch Comments On Hate Raids, Botting, And Harassment
With streamers demanding the platform to do better and getting the #TwitchDoBetter hashtag trending on Twitter, Twitch finally commented on the issue.
Twitch accepted that there was a vulnerability in their proactive filters and rolled out an update to fix the issue. However, creators are left wondering why it took Twitch so long to fix this vulnerability.
This update does not resolve the harassment creators face. Marginalized creators are still getting targeted every day.
However, Twitch also confirmed it is currently developing channel-level ban evasion detection and account verification improvements. They plan to have these features launched “as soon as possible.”
Twitch Needs To Do Better
Twitch has had several updates to increase monetization on its platform in the recent past, including a completely new ad format.
However, despite creators complaining about targeted hate raids and botting for months, there has been no update to address the issue.
We can only hope that Twitch takes swift action and protects its marginalized creators. The platform should be safe for everyone, regardless of their race, religion, color, sexuality, and sexual orientation.
Until Twitch improves the security of its platform and provides better tools for creators to protect themselves, creators and their communities are left to fend for themselves.