Amazon-owned platform Twitch is changing its policies related to sexual content again and plans to prohibit nudity on the platform. While it already prohibits it, the new policy focuses on attire that prohibits “implied nudity.” Angela Hession, the chief customer trust officer, wrote in a blog post that Twitch does not allow users to even imply that they are partially or completely nude. Covering private organs with a censor bar to imply nudity is also prohibited, and it should be clear that the streamers are wearing appropriate clothes.
She also said that the thumbnails of such content can also be disturbing for some users. Notably, the content tagged under sexual themes is not visible on the home page, but it is shown in the content browsing section, and many users visit that page to search for content on Twitch.
Twitch is also working on a new update that would blur the thumbnails for content labeled as sexual themes and allow users to filter the content tagged under mature themes like sexual themes, alcohol, and tobacco, or the use of explicit language.
The policy change comes after Twitch loosened its sexual content policy to allow the display of content that was prohibited earlier. However, the creators started experimenting with the new policy soon. Many creators started to find ways in which they could suggest they were partially or fully nude while streaming. One such creator, an OnlyFans model, Morgpie, started streaming after positioning the camera in such a way that indicated they were topless without actually showing any prohibited content. A clip from her stream went viral, and the same was followed by others. Technically, the content did not violate the platform’s policy prohibiting nudity, but the content was still controversial on the platform.