The popular Amazon-owned livestreaming service Twitch, used heavily among video game fans, has formalised a policy to suspend users engaging in ‘severe misconduct’ occuring off the platform.
Examples of off-service offenses that Twitch deems serious enough to now enforce against include: deadly violence, terrorist activities or recruiting, explicit and credible threats of mass violence, sexual exploitation of children, sexual assault, and membership in a hate group.
For actions that occur entirely off the platform, the company will now enforce against serious offenses that pose a substantial safety risk to the Twitch community of gamers and streamers. The approach is not typical in the industry which usually limit their enforcement to behavior that occurs solely on their platforms.
This expansion of the guidelines joins those allowing them to take action against users for hateful conduct or harassment that occurs off Twitch services such as on social media, other online services, or even offline when directed at members of the Twitch community.