Twitch announced today that it has put together a security advisory board to improve its community and its increasingly reluctant viewers and streamers to keep its community “safe and healthy”. It remains to be seen what exactly they will do, but Twitch’s countless problems mean that the platform has to try something.
We are taking a big step forward for community security. Meet the new Twitch Safety Advisory Council.
The advice, made up of Twitch developers and online security experts, will advise us on policy updates, new products, healthy streaming habits and more: https://t.co/HwPo0aanCr pic.twitter.com/l7XIhibsht
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The advice is quite diverse, including streamers and “Experts who can offer an external perspective. “This includes four streamers, two people involved in non-profit organizations in the field of cyberbullying, a co-founder of a non-profit organization for integrative esport and a member of the Center for Democracy and Technology. At first glance, it sounds exactly like the group you need to “fix” Twitch’s cracks. The parent company Amazon is undoubtedly trying to support the cracks in Twitch as the global lock increases viewership, which in turn arouses the interest of potential advertisers.
The first tasks of the council include “drafting new guidelines and updating the guidelines” and “developing products and functions to improve security and moderation”. Emma Llanso, one of the new members and the CDT member, said in a blog post that Twitch’s current policies have been confusingly and inconsistently applied in the past and the Council wants to change this.
Joined the Twitch Safety Council and particularly hoped to make a difference in terms of transparency and consistency.
Hope I can make you all proud and make a difference! https://t.co/IfHa1E8oKI
– Zizaran (@Zizaran) May 14, 2020
It is not wrong. The mere frequency with which streamers have expressed confusion about them should indicate that they are not the clearest that they could be. The website never seemed to really promote positive communities either – it’s up to the streamers themselves to do this. When you go into a big streamer chat, basically you have to roll the die to see if you jump into a pit of extreme toxicity.
Don’t take my word for it – take the word from Jessica Blevins, wife and manager of streaming star Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who told Business Insider that one of the reasons he switched to Mixer was that his chat was “pretty toxic” became “and”He has lost himself and his love of streaming. “Likewise Michael”Shroud “Grzesiek, who had also left Twitch for mixers, mentioned during a stream that he had lost the more problematic parts of his large community when he left Twitch, and” it is much less toxic, which is great. “
The Council’s responsibility would go beyond simply taking out the garbage. According to Twitch, they will also “promote healthy streaming and work-life balance habits” and “protect the interests of marginalized groups”. Both tasks would be very important because Twitch is prone to both racism and xenophobia and it is also a place where people have literally died to stream as much as possible.
One wonders whether the streamers who have been part of the Twitch culture for several years have normalized the less healthy parts. As Kotakus Nathan Grayson emphasized, at least one of the streamers – Ben “CohhCarnage” Cassell – streamed every day for more than five years, including the day his son was born. Is he the best or worst person to determine what a “healthy work-life balance” should look like at Twitch? I think we’ll find out.
I joined this initiative to include three important things in the process:
– Transparency: between partners and Twitch and Twitch and the public.
– Consistency: in the offenses that are selected and the penalties delegated
– Fairness: All partners are treated exactly the same https://t.co/hnROZcO4bR
– Cohh Carnage (@CohhCarnage) May 14, 2020
Not that I absolutely think someone should imitate Facebook, but at least when it put together its board, the four co-chairs explained exactly what they wanted to achieve with it. It is in the air whether they can, but at least we know what their planned approach is. With the Twitch Security Council, we don’t really know how their decisions are made and what each member wants to change in the long term.
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