Twitch is an American-based, live streaming video service owned and operated by Amazon and operated by Twitch Interactive. The platform was introduced in 2011 as an upgrade to Justin.tv. Twitch is mainly used for video game live streaming, with esports competition broadcast also within their scope. The platform also allows music broadcasts, creative content, and more recently, “in real life” streams.
About The New Policy
Rod Breslau, commonly known as “Slasher” shared the news on Twitter. The new policy is set to go into effect across the website on January 22. Once it has been implemented, any Twitch user who uses the terms “negatively” will face consequences and possible permanent bans.
Twitch now says that you can no longer call others ‘simp’, ‘incel’, and ‘virgin’ as they are now against TOS, along with any emotes relating to the term simp
Twitch baby, what is you doing?
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) December 16, 2020
Terms like simp, incel, or virgin as an insult negatively referring to another person’s sexual activity is not allowed under this new policy. Sara Clemens, Twitch’s COO, explained the new policy during the platform’s “Town Hall” live stream session.
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The words Simp and Ince are just an example of the long list of words banned by the streaming platform’s updated harassment policy. The company explained the update was necessary owing to the DMCA saga which is yet to be resolved. The news of the new update has however gone down like a lead balloon to its numerous community.
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Wait is the word simp like bannable if said on stream? O_O I need to find a new word… instead of incel I’ll say manbaby and instead of simp I’ll say KINGS 💯
— neekolul (@neekolul) December 16, 2020
“Can’t imagine gamin’ with the boys and not roasting the shit out of em,” NICKMERCS joked, which earned him a reply of “virgin” from TimtheTatman. Courage agreed, however, adding they “may as well start gaming while muted.” The gamer is just one among the numerous users who have found it difficult to accept the change. Many users have since taken to social media to criticize the new update policy.
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