Well, that was fast. On Wednesday, Twitch revealed an overhaul to its nudity policies that relaxed rules across the streaming platform. It was a loosening of the law that saw a rampant trend kick off almost instantly, with thousands of channels showing off all manner of suggestive, lewd, and sexual content that would have previously been bannable under the original ruleset.
Now, Dan Clancy, the tech titan’s CEO, has revealed that the rules are changing again. They’re going back to where they were, with Twitch once again prohibiting ‘depictions of real or fictional nudity’ across the site, ‘regardless of the medium.’
Just Make Up Your Minds
Twitch has bent and broken under the weight of the community. First, the rules saw countless female streamers ‘unnecessarily punished’ for how they broadcasted their content, so there was a change put in place to avoid that and to be more lenient with nudity and sexualised content on the platform.
That caused further backlash, so the site’s leaders have decided to flip-flop back and revert to the original ruleset. It took just two days to reach this decision. Here’s what Dan Clancy said in the post on the Twitch blog:
However, there also was a great deal of new content that was allowed under the updated policy. Much of the content created has been met with community concern. These are concerns we share. Upon reflection, we have decided that we went too far with this change. Digital depictions of nudity present a unique challenge–AI can be used to create realistic images, and it can be hard to distinguish between digital art and photography.
But that’s not all!
Clancy explained that there’s a review happening right now that’s taking a closer look at the site’s Community Guidelines.
So, in a few days, we might see another change taking place on Twitch.