Social media platform Twitch will be adding new rules to prevent channels from sharing misinformation.
The guideline seeks to penalize streamers who make false claims consistently, either on or off the streaming site regarding covid, public emergencies and protected groups, as well as those who diminish civic systems and promote violence.
Twitch VP of trust and safety Angela Hession says that the company is taking precautionary steps and updating its policies to make sure misinformation doesn’t spread on their service. More specifically, the policy affects users who share harmful misinformation and false claims.
The company makes it clear that sharing misinformation on other channels, such as Twitter is also grounds for action against their Twitch account. The brand has grown so much, management admitted that streamers could potentially use the platform to cause real harm.
Backlinko says that Twitch has grown from 55 million unique monthly visitors to 140 million from 2015 to 2022.