In a decisive move today, Twitch announced a major policy overhaul aimed at curbing the recent trend of implied nudity on the platform.
This change follows a controversial period where streamers utilized objects, censor bars, and creative camera angles to simulate nudity, straddling the boundaries of Twitch’s content guidelines. The trend gained traction after notable streamers like asianbunnyx and Morgpie engaged in the ‘topless’ meta, leading to the widespread use of censor bars by others, including firedancer, to appear nude.
The new rules explicitly ban implied nudity and the use of sheer or partially see-through clothing. Twitch is also introducing measures to blur thumbnails of streams labeled with sexual themes and plans to enable users to filter such content according to their preferences.
These updates, marking Twitch’s third revision of sexual content and attire policies in a month, aim to maintain the platform as a safe and inclusive space.
Twitch updates Attire Policy amid controversy
We don’t permit streamers to be fully or partially nude, including exposing genitals or buttocks. Nor do we permit streamers to imply or suggest that they are fully or partially nude, including, but not limited to, covering breasts or genitals with objects or censor bars.
We do not permit the visible outline of genitals, even when covered. Broadcasting nude or partially nude minors is always prohibited, regardless of context.
For those who present as women, we ask that you cover your nipples and do not expose underbust. Cleavage is unrestricted as long as these coverage requirements are met and it is clear that the streamer is wearing clothing.
For all streamers, you must cover the area extending from your hips to the bottom of your pelvis and buttocks.Twitch – An Update to Our Attire Policy (January 4, 2024)
The community has been vocal about these changes. While some applaud Twitch for tightening its policies, others argue that these updates could restrict creative freedom. The revision, however, is seen as necessary to prevent the exploitation of loopholes in Twitch’s content policies and to provide clearer guidelines for streamers and viewers.
The updated attire policy explicitly prohibits full or partial nudity and the suggestion of it, including the covering of breasts or genitals with objects or censor bars. It also requires full coverage of the buttocks in certain streaming locations like pools or beaches. Repeated failure to categorize streams appropriately could lead to enforcement action, further tightening the platform’s stance on content moderation.
Twitch’s update is a direct response to the evolving landscape of online content and the need to balance creative expression with community standards. As the platform continues to evolve, it remains to be seen how these changes will impact the Twitch community and the broader streaming culture.
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