Twitch between racist bots and ‘hate raid’: streamers protest and #TwitchDoBetter is in trend

Twitch between racist bots and ‘hate raid’: streamers protest and #TwitchDoBetter is in trend

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Twitch between racist bots and ‘hate raid’: streamers protest and #TwitchDoBetter is in trend

Social media is mobilizing against Twitch while streamers heavily criticize the platform for a recent trend in which bots are sending racist messages in chat. For this and for “hate raid”, the community started uniting behind the hashtag #TwitchDoBetter.

Twitch’s Terms of Service condemn any “hateful conduct“, which specifies any activity that includes discrimination based on”race, ethnicity and color“Therefore, the platform is publicly opposed to racist language.

Unfortunately, bigots and follow-bots are nothing new to the Twitch world, and an unknown entity is setting up numerous free accounts to harass black chat streamers.

With Apex Legends streamer Solo being the latest victim of this harassment, #TwitchDoBetter has started trending on Twitter as users stand in solidarity and demand a change. Viewers and streamers alike hope Twitch can become a safer space by stepping up security measures.

The existing protocols are already considered insufficient, as evidenced by the chat spam that Solo was subjected to.

Understandably, Solo responded to the spam by insulting botters and has since started using tools like Commanderroot to address the situation. However, this is an unsatisfactory solution for most, who believe Twitch should take a stronger stance and apply their ToS more proactively.

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Another problem that this hashtag has drawn attention to is the problem of “hate raids”, whereby users flood streamers with offensive language and “derail” the stream. Like the spam bot problem, people are hoping Twitch can be more proactive in preventing this type of behavior.

At the moment, the reps of the platform have yet to respond to the situation, but the trending hashtag has a clear goal: to get Twitch to take action and make its platform a safer space for everyone.

Source: Dexerto.

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