Great article by reporter of the New York Times reports that Livestreaming platform Twitch stops hate speech by releasing updates to its Hateful Conduct and Harassment Policy aimed at better protecting its community of gamers and users from hate speech, sexual harassment and other harmful online attacks.
“We know that many people on Twitch — particularly women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, Black, Indigenous, and people of color — unfortunately continue to experience a disproportionate amount of harassment and abuse online, including on our service. . . Not only is this blatantly unacceptable, it also undermines the community we’re building on Twitch and threatens the long term viability of streaming as a career for everyone who wishes to pursue it.” ~Twitch Post Regarding Updates to Its Hateful Conduct and Harassment Policies
The changes make several aspects of Twitch’s current policy clearer and more explicit, banning actions like encouraging people to doxx another user, repeatedly commenting on someone’s physical appearance if you’ve been asked to stop, or displaying the Confederate flag.
The new policy will take effect on Jan. 22, 2021. Until then, Twitch’s team will continue to moderate content using its existing guidelines, the post said.
Apparently, Twitch is responding to the call for more and better moderation/management of its online platforms. In all likelihood, the recent presidential elections ushered an increase in all types of harassment, including Hate Crimes and Felony Harassment. These crimes are felonies in the State of Washington.
Please contact my office if you, a friend or family are charged with Hate Crimes and Felony Harassment. Not all commentary is abusive, bullying and/or hate speech. Indeed, most content is protected by the First Amendment. Hiring an experienced and effective criminal defense attorney is the first and best step towards justice.