Tyler1 on new Twitch community guidelines: “F*** Twitch, and f*** you guys” | PCGamesN

Tyler1 on new Twitch community guidelines: “F*** Twitch, and f*** you guys”

Twitch’s new community guidelines were announced last month, aimed at diminishing harassment and sexual content on the platform. The rules were set to begin enforcement on February 19, but community concerns over the vague terms of the guidelines led to a delay. They finally went into place yesterday, but the new terms of service remain unpopular among certain Twitch streamers.

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Among them is Tyler1, who had a wildly popular return to Twitch streaming after being banned from League of Legends for toxic behaviour. The game’s self-proclaimed “most reformed player” had some choice words about the new Twitch terms of service on stream.

“Oh, new TOS,” Tyler says, responding to a question from chat. “I said it before, I’ll say it again: I’m not going to get banned for doing this and doing that. Fuck Twitch, and fuck you guys. All right? Fuck you all. That's what I think about the new TOS. Fuck everybody.”

Though other streamers have expressed their concerns in, perhaps, more eloquent terms, much of the controversy over the new streaming guidelines stems from the potentially wide reach of the new rules. A recent Twitch blog post reads “Creators are role models and leaders of the communities they create or foster around them. 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.”

Though the idea is noble enough, streamers like Tyler have been concerned about being held accountable for the actions of their communities, especially with terminology like “good faith effort” seeming too vague given the increased clarity Twitch had hoped to provide with the new guidelines.

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QDP2 Avatar
3 Months ago

Rules should be definitive guidelines to follow, and as you say, asking streamers for "a good faith effort" really isn't suitable to judge. It's lacks any clarity in what streamers will and won't get blamed/banned for, which I also find hard to believe Twitch still threaten when streaming is many of the content providers full time jobs.

In an ideal world, viewers wouldn't be abusive or harass others whilst on the stream. This is just as impossible to ask the streamer to moderate it as it is to ask YouTubers to moderate all their comment sections (and especially ridiculous to ask the top-streamers with millions of posts/chat log comments sent to them or others under their name).

Whilst I can understand and agree with twitch's desires to make the communities a better place, they should not be threatening streamers over the actions of their viewers. Unless probably cause is able to be shown that the streamers are asking the viewers to abuse, disrespect or cause harm to others, I do not believe viewers actions should penalise anyone other than themselves.

Label abusers and start tagging them down for increased adverts. Give streamers the option to make "abuser-accounts" unable to comment (maybe let accounts gain reputation and give streamers the ability to set their own bar of requirements). Start IP-blocking those who abuse and re-create accounts, or make it slower/harder to have an account usable to be abusive. However Twitch wants to do it is up to them, but to place the fault on streamers is definitely not the solution.

Twitch are a middle-man, offering little-to-no content of their own and taking shots towards their primary commodity producers. All I can do is hope that (should they anger the streamers enough), another fairer streaming competitor will step in to pick up the content and draw the viewers to replace twitch.

CursedNaruto Avatar
3 Months ago

It's simple get rid of all of them, play your own games and don't watch things that are similar to daytime TV and if we can get rid of that to that would be great