Twitch policy update prohibits sex and hard drugs from usernames

Video streaming site Twitch has updated its policy to ban usernames that explicitly refer to sex or hard drugs. According to a blog post on the Amazon-owned platform, “usernames really matter on Twitch,” and given their visibility on the site, Twitch believes usernames “should be held to a universal standard and higher than other places where people express themselves”, like like chat.

Under the new policy, which takes effect March 1, Twitch will remove reported usernames that include “references to sexual acts, arousal, fluids, or genitals” and references to hard drugs. Alcohol, tobacco and marijuana are however excluded from this list. After the deadline, the company says it will suspend users if their usernames are “hateful, harassing, violent, or typically indicative of malicious behavior.”

Existing users whose usernames refer to drugs or sex will need to reset them. Twitch says it has a tool that will allow users to reset their username and retain their account history, subscriptions, follows, and bits. Once the username has been changed to comply with the guidelines, the user can continue to use their account without any warnings being applied.

Twitch says it has removed many reported offensive usernames as part of its current policy, but “we believe a higher standard is needed to cultivate a diverse and inclusive global community on Twitch.”

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