Has Twitch finally killed the topless meta? (Picture: Twitch)
The Attire Policy for Twitch has been updated to prevent streamers pretending to be nude, as the ability to blur thumbnails is promised.
Just a few weeks ago, Twitch was talking about allowing stripteases and ‘artistic nudity’ and yet one U-turn later and it’s clamping down more than ever on implied nudity and the ongoing topless meta.
The idea of pretending to be topless while streaming was popularised by Morgpie last month, who used a deceptive camera angle to fool viewers. Others soon joined in, with many taping a physical censor bar across their chest to get around Twitch’s rules.
Those rules are constantly changing though and now they’ve been updated once again, to specifically ban implied nudity as well as the real thing.
A new blog makes it clear Twitch has been monitoring the evolving meta, with the post stating that, ‘While most streamers have labelled this content appropriately with the Sexual Themes label and are wearing clothing behind the object or outside the camera frame, for many users, the thumbnails of this content can be disruptive to their experience on Twitch.’
‘Our goal, with this and other recent changes, is to make Twitch a safe and welcoming place for all of the communities that call it home,’ says the blog.
‘We don’t permit streamers to be fully or partially nude, including exposing genitals or buttocks,’ reads the new Attire Policy. ‘Nor do we permit streamers to imply or suggest that they are fully or partially nude, including, but not limited to, covering breasts or genitals with objects or censor bars.’
Everything else is the same but Twitch has added that while there are no restrictions on showing cleavage, the streamer must make it clear that they are wearing clothing.
Twitch is also working on an option to blur thumbnails for content using the Sexual Themes label and to filter out any streams with that label – although it’s not clear when that will be up and running.
Streamers are constantly trying to find ways around Twitch’s content policies, something that’s been relatively easy to do in the past since many of them have been rather vague and open to interpretation.
This new change does seem pretty watertight, but it probably won’t be long until someone finds a way past it.
We want Twitch to be a place where all communities feel welcome. You spend so much time with us and itâs important that you have a consistently positive experience. Read up on recent changes to our attire policy that serve this goal.https://t.co/sbdCauhX9h
— Twitch (@Twitch) January 3, 2024
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