Streamers may require phone verification to use chat.
Twitch is reportedly preparing to introduce a range of new features designed to help tackle the growing phenomenon of hate raids, including the ability for streamers to restrict chat comments to users whose accounts have been verified over the phone. .
Twitch is controversial raid function was originally designed as a positive community tool that would allow streamers to redirect all viewers who are currently watching their broadcast to a target channel as an “easy way to share audiences”. However, malicious users soon began to exploit the feature, creating fake accounts and bots to flood discussions with often marginalized streamers and subject them to doxing, harassment and attacks.
Although Twitch conceded that there was “more to be done to address these issues,” many streamers were unhappy with what they saw as a continued lack of meaningful response from the business, which led to a successful 24 hour demonstration last month. Now, however, Twitch is reportedly ready to roll out new security features designed to counter hate raids.
Here is a screenshot in English of the current implementation. (My original source did not provide a screenshot as it is “subject to change”.) pic.twitter.com/Cf4DRjc37b
– Zach Bussey (@zachbussey) September 26, 2021
These customization tools, as discovered by reporter Zach Bussey and German streamer Dragon (Going through Kotaku), aim to give streamers greater control over their channels by allowing them to specify exactly who gets chat privileges – restricting access (with more granular options available) to viewers who have verified an email address or , if preferred, a phone number with Twitch.
As Kotaku notes, streamers have previously expressed their preference for phone verification as a way to combat hate raids, given the ease with which alternate email addresses can be acquired to quickly create new accounts and continue the process. bullying. Hopefully Twitch’s new tools will provide a more effective layer of security against malicious attacks.
Twitch recently launched legal action against two people it has identified as persistent hate looters in an attempt to “help end these vile attacks on members of our community.”