Popular live streaming platform Twitch has released a new policy update related to the username and what nicknames will be accepted for the user. In Twitch’s official statement, the streaming site said it was looking to set “a higher standard of what is acceptable to better serve our global community”.
While Twitch has long banned users whose names directly conflict with its terms of service, the platform sees the benefits of setting a stronger standard “necessary to build a community.” diverse, inclusive global community on Twitch.” Usernames that currently refer to “sexual behavior, stimulation, fluids or genitalia” along with names that refer to strong drugs will be flagged for immediate change or indefinite ban.
This new username policy will be implemented within a hierarchy, which will affect users with potentially offensive names differently. Users whose names are deemed hostile, violent, or in violation of the broader Twitch Terms will be banned indefinitely.
Usernames that violate the new additions to this policy, meaning names that involve sex or drug behavior but don’t violate pre-existing broad community rules, will be forced to Rename immediately. Twitch ensures that users who have to switch their usernames retain all of their followers, subscribers, bits, and history.
Twitch will deploy a machine learning model to prevent new usernames that violate this policy from appearing. However, the broadcast platform acknowledges that this is not a perfect solution and encourages users to continue to report those with names in violation.
This new username policy will go into effect on March 1.
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