Twitch has changed drastically over the past few years. Conceived in its beginnings as a streaming platform where only the passion of its content creators for video games was echoed, now we can find content of all kinds. Although the world of gaming continues to occupy a large portion of the platform, today we can find all kinds of artistic creations, so there will always be a streamer that fits our tastes and hobbies.

This expansion of a new audience and creators has also been accompanied by controversy and debates about the alleged degradation and perversion of the content broadcast on Twitch. Being a wider speaker inevitably means that this type of friction inevitably arises, although the vast majority of the debate focuses on the creation of sexually suggestive or explicit content, something that over time has evolved into a much more convoluted situation.

Contradictory Policies and Acts

On Twitch, there are guidelines that content creators must follow if they want to continue broadcasting on the platform. These policies have been modified over time, adapting to the content that has been arriving on the platform. There are those who wonder why there is sexual content on a platform that is so accessible to the public. Over time, streamers who are dedicated to generating this type of content have also been adapting their techniques to dance on the fine and thin line of Twitch’s policies. However, the platform was the first to push this type of content since the creation of the ‘Hot Tubs’ category.

Hot Tubs

‘Pools, Hot Tubs and Beaches’ is a category on Twitch where we can see broadcasts of people in an outdoor or pool context. As is to be expected in this context, the people who star in these broadcasts appear in swimsuits, bikinis or lighter garments. In a completely innocent world, this would go totally unnoticed. However, this category is often used to make live broadcasts where scantily clad people appear, monetizing sexual and suggestive content.

This is in stark contrast to some of the decisions Twitch has made regarding the appearance of sexual content on the platform, as until recently you couldn’t even draw a nipple without the content creator being penalized in some way.

Somehow, Twitch wanted to separate sexual and suggestive content from other content through this category, where there is usually a greater presence of women pushing partial nudity. This has generated a great debate on the Internet for years, with detractors of this measure who think that this type of content should have no place on Twitch, and with other people who think that the platform should be open to any type of content as long as violence and hateful behavior are penalized.

Twitch’s strategy to keep content thought-provoking

Over time, Twitch has chosen to offer a more open view in this aspect, and to allow suggestive content while ensuring the safety of minors, they have been developing a series of guidelines to at least avoid being in the crosshairs of regulatory bodies.

For a relatively short time, Twitch has required content creators to indicate with tags the type of content being displayed, along with the correct category of content. It is a measure that, despite being vague on the part of the platform, helps to establish certain limits and give knowledge about what type of content users can expect before entering the livestream. This measure is also aimed at those parents who are concerned about the content their children watch on Twitch.

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vidently there is an interest in the platform so that this type of content continues to be consumed, as it attracts a large mass of audience. That is why over the years, the platform has been connecting the dots to allow (with certain limits) suggestive sexual content indirectly. Streamers who make this type of content have also been shown to express their creativity when it comes to evading the rule in some way, looking for some loophole that is not mentioned in the policies.

Streamers who dance along the lines of what’s allowed and what’s not

There are many streamers who are dedicated to broadcasting suggestive content on the platform. Undoubtedly, one of the most prominent in this context is Kaitlyn Siragusa, better known on the internet as ‘Amouranth’, who is often mentioned as an example of a content creator who has taken advantage of the gaps in Twitch’s policies to create suggestive content while her fame and wealth grew exponentially.

It is clear that Twitch has never offered a clear and concise regulation about sexual and suggestive content on its platform, as its penalty tactics, depending on the context, have been riddled with contradictions.

Recently we learned about the example of the streamer ‘Morgpie’, who often broadcast on Twitch while only her body was visible from the pectoral area to the head. While this can generate some eroticism, the content creator herself explained and demonstrated that she has never appeared nude on the platform, since she always wore a top and pants and therefore there is no breach of the terms and conditions of the service.

And while we’re on the subject of these terms, it’s good to clarify what Twitch allows and doesn’t allow on its platform according to its policy regarding sexual and suggestive content. In this way, we know that Twitch does not allow:

  • Content that includes explicit, simulated, fictitious, or implied sex or masturbation. This includes oral, anal, and vaginal sex, touching one’s genitals while masturbating oneself or others, or prolonged audio that involves sex, masturbation, or orgasms.
  • Real or realistically manipulated adult nudity without implied or actual sexual acts is subject to our adult nudity policies.
  • Content that depicts nudity of minors is prohibited per our child safety policies.
  • Display of Sexual Body Fluids
  • Advertising or soliciting sexual services, such as prostitution, escort services, sexual massages, and recording of sexual acts.
  • Strip tease and other erotic dances that involve gestures of undressing or authentic undressing.
  • Consensual sexual violence, such as whipping or whipping another person.
  • Non-consensual sexual violence is subject to our Adult Sexual Violence and Exploitation policies.
  • Graphic descriptions of sexual acts such as phone sex or erotic content.
  • Displaying sex toys in a non-educational context, such as flaunting the size of a.
  • Soliciting money, services, or items of value (including subscribers and Bits) in exchange for posting content that requires the explicit content tag (e.g., writing subscribers’ names on your buttocks).
  • Exposed anuses or totally naked and exposed buttocks
  • Exposing genitals in any way
  • Women showing breasts with exposed nipples (unless they are actively breastfeeding a baby)

When it comes to clothing exceptions, there are contexts where Twitch allows certain body parts to be shown. According to its regulations, if you are in the context of a swimming pool, beach, concert or festival (which includes a category of its own that we have mentioned), the streamer is creating body art, or a person is breastfeeding a baby during a livestream, people are allowed to appear with a certain type of clothing.

However, despite these exceptions, content creators are still prohibited from appearing fully or partially nude. Although of course, here we must determine what partial nudity is for Twitch, since there are those who would affirm without hesitation for a second that it is something that is conceived today on the platform.

Recent Twitch Policy Changes

Along with the policy on sexual and suggestive content that currently exists on the platform, it is worth noting the changes that the company has recently shared and that it will soon include in its regulations. And as they have hinted in a new blog postTwitch will relax the restrictions on this type of content much more.

From now on, according to the regulations, creators will be able to “deliberately highlight the breasts, buttocks or pelvic region, even when they are fully clothed”. This is something that Twitch previously disproportionately penalized women within the platform, now adapting to “industry standards.”

Another change is that fictional women (drawn, animated or sculpted) will now be able to be fully exposed on the platform, being able to present breasts, genitals or buttocks, regardless of gender. These fictitious figures are what is called CGI. This could lead to “fictional women” who resemble great Twitch icons but with little clothing, a detail that has perhaps been overlooked and that can cause discomfort for streamers and discussions around the topic.

In addition to these changes, restrictions have also been modified in terms of which suggestive or erotic dances are shown in live performances. In this case, those dances that involve gestures of undressing or dressing, such as stripteases, will also be allowed, as well as twerking or pole dancingThis was detrimental to those non-sexual contexts where content creators made use of these dances. In the post they show examples such as “twerking at a wedding” or practicing pole dancing in a class.

The new regulations also protect body art, making it possible for content creators to expose their bodies as long as there is a creative and artistic context behind them.

Despite the reasons about the evolution of the platform and “industry-adapted” content, there are plenty of reasons to believe that these changes come after the controversy about female content creators broadcasting on Twitch from the waist up topless, similar to the case of Morgpie that we have mentioned.

Twitch, the digital showcase of who we are

While Twitch is constantly evolving, there are some things that don’t change. The platform continues to offer regulations riddled with contradictions in the face of the content presented on its platform. The most logical thing to think is that each case of banning is studied according to the context and circumstances, but there are not a few complaints from some content creators who, after being temporarily or indefinitely banned from the platform, have claimed not to have breached the regulations at any time.

Be that as it may, Twitch is the perfect digital showcase that times change and that the ways of monetizing content evolve, sometimes in ways that clash with the ethics and morals of some people.

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