Twitch has released a new tool that will help fight hate raids
If you are a POC or LGBTQ + Twitch streamer, then I don’t have to explain the horrible nonsense that has been rampant hate speech that has been directed against you and others like you. For months, streamers have been asked to find a way to help stop this abusive behavior, and the streaming giant thinks it has figured it out after all these months.
Today, Twitch unveiled its new tool to tackle hate speech. This new tool will require anyone wishing to chat to have a verified phone number and verified email address if the streamer wishes.
Today we’re empowering the community by enabling Verified Phone Chat! Now creators and mods can ask viewers to verify their account via a phone number (or email) before they can chat. For more information, see the blog: https://t.co/TlqCS4OzQC
– Twitch (@Twitch) September 29, 2021
Enabling verification by email or phone also has a time requirement that can be implemented. You can also choose to disable this tool for Subscribers, VIPs, or Moderators.
That said, Twitch’s explanation doesn’t quite do the job of breaking everything down. It means the following:
- If you enable email verification only, the chat will need a verified email address.
- If you enable phone verification, the chatter will need a verified email address.
- Suppose you turn on both email and phone number verification. In this case, both will be required for anyone wishing to chat on your channel.
There is no And / Or option, thus adding an extra layer of protection for anyone who doesn’t want to be hassled into doing something they love.
Hope this helps stop the nonsense on Twitch which is honestly the main reason I quit streaming on Twitch several years ago. With these new tools in place, I may have to start over.
Hopefully this helps make Twitch a less toxic environment for everyone.