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Home to a variety of interactive streaming content, the popular live streaming service Twitch is coming under fire for its new streaming guidelines which seem to have streamers scratching their heads in confusion.
The new guidelines addressed both the streamers and the viewers. The original guidelines mandated that streamers’ attire during broadcasts must be “appropriate for a public street, mall, or restaurant.” However, some say this rhetoric is far too vague, including one streamer, AngelFaceDGAF, who posted a screen shot of her livestream. She wore a black tank top and white short shorts, an outfit which resulted in Twitch banning her. “I’ve wore this outfit in public several times,” she said. “I didn’t buy it to stream in. So according to their ‘new guidelines’ I didn’t break any rules.”
Other streamers took this as an opportunity for satire. Twitch streamer, DameggaGaming, began a stream in which she was seen sporting a heavy winter jacket, winter gloves and a hat she had pulled down to cover her face. “I’m ready to stream with the new Twitch terms and services,” she said. “There you go everyone, this is how I’m going to stream when the new Twitch terms and services come into effect.”
A new dress code is not the only thing outlined in the guidelines though, as the new rules would hold streamers responsible for their viewers’ behavior in chat rooms as well. "Creators are role models and leaders of the communities they create or foster around them," the guidelines state. "Creators should consider the consequences of their statements and actions of their audiences; we ask that you make a good faith effort to quell any efforts from those in your community to harass others."
These rules frustrated some streamers. One streamer, Forsen, streamed himself while reading the new rules, saying “How do I know if my chat is breaking rules if I don’t know the rules?
Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, had tried to establish the new community rules and guidelines earlier this month. Although, establishing of these new rules has now been delayed until Mar. 5, so that the streaming service is able to further clarify its new rules. “Thanks for all your insightful feedback on our new Community Guidelines!” said Twitch in a tweet on Feb. 18, “It is important they’re clear to everyone and we need to better explain some sections...”
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