Twitch is suing users who have targeted LGBTQ players with threats of ‘hate raids’ / LGBTQ Nation

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Twitch, the streaming platform for online gamers, sued two users for allegedly carrying out “hate raids” against people of color and LGBTQ gamers.

Both users, CruzzControl and CreatineOverdose, are said to have created bots to leave hundreds of racist and queerphobic spam comments on LGBTQ and POC player chats. Twitch chats are generally open to anyone who wants to interact with players while they are streaming their game.

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The spam comments included “racial slurs, personally identifying information, descriptions of violence against marginalized communities, and links to gore videos,” Buzzfeed News reports. CreatineOverdose’s spam also included claims that they and other Twitch “hate raiders” were members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a national anti-black terrorist organization.

“These attacks obstruct the chat so much that victim streamers cannot engage with their community through the chat for the duration of the attack, and some even choose to avoid streaming altogether until the attack is over. “said the lawsuit. Since many streamers use Twitch to earn money, the abuse effectively causes them to lose income when they stop streaming to avoid further attacks.

Despite banning these two users in the past, the Twitch lawsuit said users are continually creating new accounts and modifying the code on their bots to avoid detection by platform moderators. Twitch’s lawsuit doesn’t even name the users, although the platform says it will update the lawsuit if it finds out their real names. CruzzControl is reportedly a resident of Baarto, the Netherlands and CreatineOverdose is a resident of Vienna.

The company hopes its lawsuit will allow it to learn more about the hateful hackers and their methods so that the platform can work to prevent future raids. However, Twitch has long struggled to prevent hate on its network.

On September 1, black and LGBTQ Twitch streamers boycotted the #ADayOffTwitch site, an event aimed at raising awareness and lobbying for the heinous raids they face from others. Almost 400,000 users avoided the site that day, The Washington Post reported.

The boycott organizers have asked Twitch to sit down on the issue. They also asked the platform for user tools to help stop ongoing raids, limits on the number of user accounts that can be linked to a single email address, and a timeline for taking additional steps to resolve. the problem.

“We may never be able to fix Twitch,” said Omega “Critical Bard” Jones, a queer Black Twitch streamer who has been constantly harassed on the platform. To post, “but we absolutely can have an immediate effect on the culture around us, and that will at least provide people with a little more security.”

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