In the world of online video game broadcasting, Twitch Supreme Ruler, into whom millions of people enter every day. With the Amazon-owned streaming platform growing by 45% in viewership over the past year, the site’s popularity is only increasing. However, this popularity has some drawbacks, most notably the plague of hate that reached its peak in the middle of last year. While measures have been taken to combat them, a recent announcement reveals just how many bots were involved in these negative impressions.

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In an open letter on the Twitch website, Angela Hesson, Vice President of Global Trust and Safety, addressed concerns over safety for many people using the site, either as a viewer or content creator. As well as statistics about the number of people going live per month at over seven million, Hessian also discussed the “progress of Hate Raid”, noting that the team had consistently removed more than 15 million bot accounts, That number continued to increase. In general, it shows how massive these bots are, and the enormity of cleaning them up.


Twitch’s Hate Red controversy became most notable last year, in which people and non-human users would flood someone’s channel during a livestream with the intention of spreading toxic messages and abuse. It eventually reached a point in which ordinary users and broadcasters began a 24-hour walkout from the platform, protesting to many as a lack of action on the part of the company. Since then, few measurements have been made to combat such negative impressions.

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Twitch responds to hate raid harassment

Controversial streaming tool Streamlabs introduced a safe mode for its software as a response to the Hate raid. Twitch He himself also brought up his own countermeasures to fight online abuse. While this has not attacked the root of the problem, it appears to have reduced the number of hate prints being experienced by broadcasters and their community. One of the measures introduced was to encourage people to verify their accounts, thus eliminating the possibility of bots using the site, as well as allowing streamers to control chat participation while they go live.

These hate raids implemented by Twitch are a step in the right direction. With an open letter discussing the “hateful conduct, harassment, and sexual harassment” policy updated a year ago on the company’s website, it seems as though the platform is hoping to stem the tide of online hate and abuse, but it Still remains to be seen whether this is enough, especially considering how many bots have already had to be removed.

Source: Twitch

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