Streaming site Twitch has recently updated its standards and practises when it comes to nudity.
Taking to a lengthy blog post, Twitch first off stated how its goal is:
“…to set standards that allow you to elevate your content and express yourself in a variety of ways, without exposing our global, diverse community to inappropriate content”.
Streamers often flaunted Twitch’s previous rules. That was thanks to a perceived lack of sufficient coverage (no pun intended).
Now though, there is little in way of wiggle room for streamers as the list is exhaustive. There are a few notable exclusions/exemptions to the rules though, which we’ll detail in a moment.
The new guidelines state that:
“We don’t permit streamers to be fully or partially nude, including exposing genitals or buttocks. We do not permit the visible outline of genitals, even when covered. Broadcasting nude or partially nude minors is always prohibited, regardless of context”.
I mean, that last sentence in particular is a given, I would hope!
“For those who present as women, we ask that you cover your nipples. We do not permit exposed underbust. Cleavage is unrestricted as long as these coverage requirements are met.
For all streamers, you must cover the area extending from your hips to the bottom of your pelvis and buttocks.
For those areas of the body where coverage is required, the coverage must be fully opaque; sheer or partially see-through clothing does not constitute coverage”.
These new rules don’t just cover (again, no pun intended) human streamers, however. Twitch also has AR avatars complying with the rules as it adds:
“Augmented reality avatars that translate real-life movement into digital characters are subject to this standard, as is cosplay and other costumes”.
The “contextual” exceptions range from accidental nudity (a passerby without pants on, et cetera) to breastfeeding mothers. Though these are exceptions, Twitch still wants you to ensure that you are doing your best to limit or prevent these incidences wherever possible.
The full list of exceptions is as follows:
“Broadcasters, their co-hosts, and invited guests engaging in general IRL streaming outside the home must follow standard body-coverage expectations. Those passing through the background of your stream are not held to the same dress code requirement, but broadcasting nudity is not permitted regardless of context.
If accidental nudity appears on your stream, we expect you to take immediate action, remove the content, and take precautionary steps so it won’t happen again.
You should not focus your stream on anyone violating our clothing or sexual content standards; you will be held accountable for doing so to the same extent as if you were violating the standards yourself”.
Swim and beaches, concerts and festivals:
“Swimwear is permitted as long as it completely covers the genitals, and those who present as women must also cover their nipples.
Full coverage of buttocks is not required, but any camera focus around them is still subject to our sexually suggestive content policy.
Coverage must be fully opaque, even when wet. Sheer or partially see-through swimwear or other clothing does not constitute coverage”.
“Body painting is permitted in streams focused on or actively creating content (i.e., painting).
Full chest coverage is not required, but those who present as women must completely cover their nipples & areola with a layer of non-transparent clothing or a paint & latex combination (artist-grade pasties, tape, or similar alternatives are acceptable). This coverage must be applied before streaming begins, not on-stream.
Buttocks and genitals must also be fully covered by opaque attire”.
“Streamers are given some leeway for making transitions between contexts with different limits of acceptable attire (e.g., beach to general outdoor IRL streaming).
In these situations, streamers are expected to only spend as much time wearing insufficient attire as needed to add clothing or change offscreen into clothing with appropriate coverage for the new context”.
The standard chest coverage requirements outlined above do not apply to individuals actively breastfeeding a child on stream. However, as you can surmise, don’t flaunt the rules wherever possible.
Furthermore, the updated rules cover and nudity and/or sexual content present in any embedded media and/or games. It would be advantageous to avoid these incidences wherever possible, as above. For incidences where this cannot be avoided/edited, Twitch notes:
“In embedded media, such as videos and images, nudity and pornography are prohibited. In some situations, we may make exceptions on Twitch-owned and operated channels for content that is rated by a rating’s body or otherwise pre-screened by Twitch.
Games featuring nudity, pornography, sex, or sexual violence as a core focus or feature, and gameplay modified to feature these elements are entirely prohibited. Occurrences of in-game nudity are permitted, so long as you do not make them a primary focus of your content and only spend as much time as needed in the area to make progress. Games rated Adults Only (AO) by the ESRB are not permitted in gameplay-oriented broadcasts or complete or unedited format on Twitch”.
Prohibited Content and “Mature Conversations”
Twitch’s list of Prohibited Games must be adhered to. Please be warned, as you may imagine, some of the titles are offensive or otherwise triggering. Please use discretion as necessary.
The last piece that Twitch notes on regards conversations about the above content. Streamers should treat any and all conversations that involve nudity, sex, or other mature topics as educational. These conversations must comply with Twitch’s policies in any and all incidences where featured in your stream. Furthermore, mark the stream as being “Mature Content” in your channel’s settings.
So, there you have it. A rather robust list of new rules and guidelines to follow. What do you think about these rules? Are they exhaustive enough or do you think more should/could be done? Do any of these rules affect you as a streamer going forward? In any instance, please let us know down in the comments.
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