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Twitch, Amazon’s video streaming platform primarily used by gamers to broadcast their games, announced a new policy on Wednesday that empowers the company to take action on users who exhibit certain malicious behavior. Totally offline
This policy represents a unique approach among social media peers at a time when the industry is under increasing pressure to formulate a strong and coherent content moderation policy. While lawmakers on both sides of the corridor have threatened to drop their liability protection online platforms under Section 230 of the Communications Appropriateness Act, the Multi-Platform has taken steps to put in place a stronger defense line for things. That users can post
Under the new policy, Twitch can suspend a user for an indefinite period after third-party reviewers determine that there is strong evidence that the person has engaged in certain offline behaviors. These acts include engaging in violent violence, terrorist activities, custody of children for sexual exploitation, rape or even sexual assault. It will also continue to consider offline harassment in the event that a user is accused of online abuse.
Twitch said it will work with “Experienced investigative law firms”; to validate claims, sometimes requiring access to evidence from law enforcement agencies, the company said it will not process user accounts until finalized. Investigations and confirming evidence of wrongdoing
Malicious offline behavior doesn’t necessarily involve another Twitch user to be considered a violation, a spokesperson confirmed. Based on the idea that people engaging in this type of behavior are more likely to pose a security risk to the Twitch community, the spokesperson added.
Other social media platforms are also taking into account the real-world damages published by users on their platforms. But Twitch’s new policy is unique for showing clarity in how to deal with offline behavior completely and for certain types of prohibited offline behaviors. For example, Facebook’s community standards prevent many killers and members of terrorist, hate, criminal, or human trafficking organizations from appearing on any platform.Twitch’s policies cover other offline behaviors that may not be part of the group. Established criminals such as rape
Social media platforms are most likely to use law enforcement as a result of content posted on their services. Although they may take real-world events into the hazard assessment. But they generally point to a post on their own platform as a turning point in action.
Although Facebook and Twitter each decided to ban former President Donald Trump from their services following the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, their reasons are rooted in the way. They said he used or could use their platform to continue inciting violence.
Twitch’s new approach stems from broader discussions on how real-world events are handled by technology platforms. Last month, a Business Insider investigation highlighted a woman’s allegation against Dominykas Zeglaitis, a member of the Vlog Squad led by famed vlogger David Dobrik, an anonymous woman, said Zeglaitis sexually assaulted her on the night. She and her friends appeared in the group’s video when she said she was too intoxicated to give her consent.Zeglaitis declined to comment on the allegations to Insider.
YouTube, owned by Google, said after this report it would temporarily prevent Dobrik from monetizing his account through ads.The YouTube policy for creators said off-platform behavior, including violence or cruelty, could result in Punishments, such as losing promotional opportunities or showing their videos in a user guide.
Initially, though, Twitch has dealt with a number of the listed serious offenses. But the platform aims to duplicate the practice. Because offline corruption can be difficult to investigate, companies prioritize categories before they think they are the most damaging to the community.
Users who wish to report offline damages that fall under a category that is strictly forbidden by Twitch can send an email to OSIT@twitch.tv
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