Twitch announces removal of friends list feature and streamers are torn

Twitch is removing the friends feature from its live streaming experience. Lack of usage is cited as the reason for the removal, although both viewers and streamers are split by the announcement.

For the time being, Twitch is still number one in the streaming game, despite fierce resistance.

That shows the live streaming service is still trying to work on itself to improve or just shake things up. The Amazon-owned company is now streamlining its features.

in a (n Extended statement published on 29 Twitch has stated that the friends list has defined expiration dates for mobile and onsite. Claims “regularly very few viewers [use] Friends to actively network with each other.”

Twitch’s full statement justifying the removal of the friends feature.

Twitch updated their Friends Feature Usage page with the above to signal the demise of the feature on Twitch.

In Twitch’s statement, they clarified that “the discontinuation of this feature allows us to continue our focus on building connections between communities while streamers are live.” Indication of other methods of user-user communication that may be in the works.

The last day for the Friends List feature is May 16th on mobile and May 25th on website. With the removal of the friends list, restrictions around the Whisper messaging system on Twitch will also come into play.

Possibly as a result of hate speech and using Twitch as a platform for negativity, the announcement shared, “If you block whispers from strangers in your privacy settings, anyone currently on your friends list will lose the ability to whisper to you once.” the feature will be removed.”

Streamers on Twitch took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the situation, with both the pros and cons covered by the user base. A major gripe was the inability to use the friends list to track which streams your friends were watching.

to counteract some users agreed that the friends list was far from full. “I mean I have friends on this list, all the people I know on Twitch, aside from letting them know when they’re online and who they’re seeing, it’s a pretty useless feature,” one regular user said in response.

The general consensus seemed to be that people using the service were saddened by its removal, with the strongest argument being that affects discoverability of small streamers.

“It’s bad enough that Twitch doesn’t have a good search/recommendation for small streamers,” said one viewer. “The only thing left for that is the friends list [in] find new content.”

https://www.dexerto.com/entertainment/twitch-announces-removal-friend-list-feature-streamers-torn-1813797/ Twitch announces removal of friends list feature and streamers are torn

Emma Bowman

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