Twitch, the popular livestreaming platform, has recently made updates to its attire policies in an effort to crack down on what it calls “implied nudity” among some of its streamers. The site has noticed a trend where streamers utilize black censor bars or clever camera angles to suggest nudity, which has led to disruptive thumbnails and a less-than-ideal user experience for viewers.
With the aim of improving the platform and creating a more enjoyable environment for its users, Twitch has implemented a new policy that requires clothing or body coverage to be “fully opaque.” This means that sheer or partially see-through garments are now strictly prohibited. In addition, Twitch has introduced a specific category called “Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches” for streams where swimsuit attire is appropriate, ensuring that such content is properly categorized.
While the policy allows for cleavage to be visible, underbust exposure is now off-limits. These changes are just the beginning, as Twitch developers are actively working on blurring thumbnails for streams labeled with Sexual Themes, as well as creating new search filters for content preferences.
It is worth noting that this isn’t the first time Twitch has revised its policies surrounding nudity. In fact, just last December, the platform reversed a policy update that had allowed for depictions of “fictionalized nudity.” Clearly, Twitch recognizes the challenges that come with regulating digital depictions of nudity, and CEO Dan Clancy has acknowledged the ongoing struggle to balance appealing to a specific audience while still maintaining age ratings and societal taboos.
With this latest update, Twitch is taking a proactive approach to address the issue of “implied nudity” among streamers. By enforcing stricter attire policies and developing new tools to enhance user experience, the platform is striving to create a more inclusive and enjoyable environment for its diverse user base.
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