Twitch has come forward to address the hot tub stream controversy and has created a separate category for the same.
Earlier this week a controversy surrounding “Hot tub streamers” sparked after Twitch stopped advertising on one of the top female streamers Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa’s channel without any notice.
Later, Twitch clarified that they have put her channel under “not advertiser friendly,” section, even though she was not violating any Twitch policy.
Yesterday, Twitch directly addressed this controversy in a blog post and also revealed a solution for both streamer and advertiser.
In the blog post, they proposed a new category called Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches.
Twitch starts with a supportive statement for streamers, saying that no streamers should be harassed for their content or appearance, and that “being found to be sexy by others is not against our rules, and Twitch will not take enforcement action against women, or anyone on our service, for their perceived attractiveness.”
They also admit that their policy restriction on “overtly” sexual content, lacks specificity, which can sometimes result in legitimate confusion. Much of it is also subjective.
“Sexually suggestive content—and where to draw the line—is an area that is particularly complex to assess, as sexual suggestiveness is a spectrum that involves some degree of personal interpretation of where the line falls (as opposed to determining whether or not there is nudity),” Twitch said. “We will always aim to avoid being overly punitive based on assumptions—when we have taken enforcement action on this content, we’ve only done so in the case of a clear violation of our guidelines.”
Moreover, Twitch also states that maintaining the “Just Chatting” category has been a challenge for them – Viewers can mark channels as “not interested.”
However, Many streamers switch multiple times between one category to another during a single stream. It is “not an effective way to remove a specific subset of content, like creators streaming in pools or hot tubs.”
Thus, having a separate category for those streamers who want to stream while wearing a swimsuit is the best solution for now.
“Creators can continue to stream content that falls into this category as long as it doesn’t violate our guidelines,” Twitch wrote. “Viewers can better avoid recommendations for content that they don’t want to see, and those wishing to view this content will have an easier time finding it. And brands can either opt-in or -out of this category based on whether it aligns with their target audiences, like they can today with any other category.”
Here, is a detailed article on this separate Twitch hot tub stream category.
However here is the sum up from this article: Category will have the same functionality and everything, you can also change your category if your stream content changes but if you want to stream in a swimsuit then this is your specific category.
The Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches category is live now, and it’s already a hopping place.