In an attempt to stamp out viral misinformation on their platform, Twitch has updated its community guidelines to ban “misinformation harm-doers” from using their services.
Online platforms have increasingly taken action to try to prevent the spread of misinformation going viral.
Services like Spotify and TikTok have increased their efforts to root out misinformation; The former added new disclaimer messages to controversial podcast episodes, while the latter did the same in the form of video banners.
On March 4th Twitch announced They had also joined the fight after revealing they had updated theirs Community Guidelines to ban what they termed “harmful misinformation actors” from using their services.
“To reduce the harm to our community and the public without undermining our streamers’ open dialogue with their communities, we ban harmful misinformation superspreaders who persistently spread misinformation,” the company said.
“We are attempting to remove users whose online presence is geared towards persistently sharing widely debunked and widespread harmful misinformation.”
The keyword is permanent. It does not apply to individual statements and discussions, although the company emphasizes that regular content creators are not affected.
Twitch announced that the decision came after partnering with “over a dozen researchers and experts” to understand how harmful misinformation is propagating online and how to nip it in the bud on their platform.
However, they assured users that they will only take action against those who persistently share widely debunked and pervasive harmful misinformation topics – which are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by a dedicated team.
https://www.dexerto.com/entertainment/twitch-policy-prohibit-harmful-misinformation-actors-1775626/ Twitch updates policy to prevent misinformation from going viral on the platform