Twitch Cracks Down on Moderating After Man Apparently Strips Drunken Wife on PS4 Stream

November 25, 2013Written by Jason Dunning


While The Spartan Show is an example of how to use The PlayRoom and Twitch for a good purpose, a recent incident involving a woman who was presumably stripped naked by her husband occurred. That particular user has since been banned, but due to this and other incidents, Twitch Support sent out an update on Twitter (1, 2, 3):

FYI: We continue to moderate according to our Terms of Service. Non-gaming content is not allowed. Non-gaming content (c): If using PS4 Playroom, the content must be about games or gaming and within our ToS. Thanks for understanding.

Discussing gaming is gaming content. There are numerous such channels on Twitch, such as One More Game.

Twitch also gave out this statement when asked by Kotaku about their plans to moderate users:

Twitch has a very strict terms of service policy which is outlined here. We are very vigilant about removing content that breaks the TOS guidelines and depending on the severity of the violation we will either ban or suspend accounts. In addition to our own efforts, the Twitch community is unique in that it likes to flag content they suspect or know is a breach of our TOS.

Like any social network from YouTube to Facebook, there will always be a very small minority of users who attempt to circumvent the rules. As such, our advice is to report it right away and our staff will be quick to act on it if they haven’t already. In terms of privacy settings, those are up are to the respective devices.

They then followed up with another statement to Kotaku:

As Twitch continues to attract new broadcasters, we want to keep our terms of service top of mind and reiterate we are a destination for video game-related content. We also have a team, supported by a predominantly positive minded community, that works around the clock to ensure our TOS is being adhered to. It is at the discretion of our partners to determine which Twitch features are integrated into their hardware and software.

Did you suspect something like this would happen eventually? What do you think will come of this? Let us know in the comments below.