Updated Twitch Conduct Rules Institute Dress Code Prohibiting Nudity

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Updated Twitch Conduct Rules Institute Dress Code Prohibiting Nudity

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Broadcasters using Twitch's service must wear clothing that is not sexually suggestive, and nude torsos are not allowed.

Twitch updated its rules of conduct yesterday to clarify its policies on the behavior depicted in videos, sexually explicit content, hate speech, and a dress code. Twitch states people on camera must clothe their torsos regardless of their gender.

The rules of conduct stipulate "wearing no clothing or sexually suggestive clothing - including lingerie, swimsuits, pasties, and undergarments - is prohibited, as well as any full nude torsos, which applies to both male and female broadcasters." Twitch added that if broadcasters are in an area where it's hot enough that people may not be wearing shirts or if they're wearing swimsuits, the webcam picture must be cropped to a person's face.

Twitch's reason for instituting this rule is to keep content "about the games." A rule at the end of the list also states channels' primary focus should be about games.

A Twitch representative downplayed the significance of the company's rule on acceptable dress, calling it "common sense."

Some have reacted to the new rule by calling attention to women streaming on Twitch, claiming they wear low-cut tops for more views. However, women's tank tops are not "sexually suggestive," according to Twitch's examples, which focus on underwear and swimsuits.

Twitch did, however, prohibit content that places nudity as the core focus or feature of the game. Modded nudity is also not allowed.

Harassment, racism, sexism, and homophobia, and other hate speech are all prohibited, and Twitch states anyone engaging in hate speech will "disappear from Twitch." Twitch also asks broadcasters to respect non-disclosure agreement periods and to refrain from "hacking, botting, or cheating" in online games.

An earlier update to Twitch's terms and conditions required broadcasters participating with Twitch and a third-party to label videos that are part of an influencer campaign.

Source: Twitch

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This honestly all makes a lot of sense. At the end of the day Twitch is a brand and it's trying to protect itself from bad PR. If you want to stream games in the nude I am sure there are other services out there geared towards that exact concept.

The only thing I find kind of odd is the "no modded nudity" clause. Sure, keep it about the game, but a lot of people mod in nudity for games like Skyrim for immersion, not to wank to. As long as you put a content warning on your channel I don't see what the issue would be.

which applies to both male and female broadcasters

+1

women's tank tops are not "sexually suggestive,"

-1
A loop hole if I've ever seen one seeing as the existence of cleavages is not mentioned at all. If the stupid idea of not showing nipple isn't classed as nudity then -3.

rule is to keep content "about the games."

+1

prohibit content that places nudity as the core focus or feature of the game. Modded nudity is also not allowed

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Seems like Twitch is starting to get more authoritarian on us.

mad825:

women's tank tops are not "sexually suggestive,"

-1
A loop hole if I've ever seen one seeing as the existence of cleavages is not mentioned at all.

I think they're considering male and female torso nudity to be equivalent, so if you banned tank tops on women you'd have to do the same for men.

I think it's the only fair way to do this.

*sadness*

Well damn. There go my plans for being a nudist hit on Twitch. Curse their sensible rules and common sense!

Then again... since when do tigers wear clothing anyway?

roseofbattle:
The rules of conduct stipulate "wearing no clothing or sexually suggestive clothing - including lingerie, swimsuits, pasties, and undergarments - is prohibited"

image
WHAT DID THE CORNISH EVER DO TO YOU, TWITCH?!

Fappy:

mad825:

women's tank tops are not "sexually suggestive,"

-1
A loop hole if I've ever seen one seeing as the existence of cleavages is not mentioned at all.

I think they're considering male and female torso nudity to be equivalent, so if you banned tank tops on women you'd have to do the same for men.

I think it's the only fair way to do this.

Yep. Cuz believe it or not, for those of us who are attracted to men, a well built man in a tank top or v neck shirt is distracting. And there are well built men who wear such shirts because they don't mind showing their muscle. But that doesn't make the garment sexually suggestive just because it shows skin, it just means that the person under it is hot. And I don't think anyone would be down with banning hotness.

Fappy:

mad825:

women's tank tops are not "sexually suggestive,"

-1
A loop hole if I've ever seen one seeing as the existence of cleavages is not mentioned at all.

I think they're considering male and female torso nudity to be equivalent, so if you banned tank tops on women you'd have to do the same for men.

I think it's the only fair way to do this.

But you don't need to ban this either way, just an a exception like "but if in a prerogative manner then no" or "only if in a non-sexual manner".

It doesn't need to be a binary state.

mad825:

Fappy:

mad825:

-1
A loop hole if I've ever seen one seeing as the existence of cleavages is not mentioned at all.

I think they're considering male and female torso nudity to be equivalent, so if you banned tank tops on women you'd have to do the same for men.

I think it's the only fair way to do this.

But you don't need to ban this either way, just an a exception like "but if in a prerogative manner then no" or "only if in a non-sexual manner".

It doesn't need to be a binary state.

The problem with that kind of language is that it's rather subjective. Some people may report a streamer for inappropriate attire simply because she's really hot, wearing a tank top and getting a lot of views. I get what you're saying though. Maybe they should just add an addendum to the whole thing basically saying, "don't try to seduce viewers with your body" or something to that effect.

I think this is to address the ridiculous amount of men going shirtless on Twitch rather than complaints from jackasses about women wearing low-cut tops. I just hope the dress-code doesn't apply to cosplay, for which many a Twitch streamer does.

I will never see Nientonsoh shirtless again. Damn you twitch. Damn you to hell.

Here is the list of the top videos on Twitch this week.
http://www.twitch.tv/directory/videos/week

I'm not saying putting your boobs on camera and exploiting morons for money is wrong, but it seems kind of sleazy on a site about video games.

Weaver:
Here is the list of the top videos on Twitch this week.
http://www.twitch.tv/directory/videos/week

I'm not saying putting your boobs on camera and exploiting morons for money is wrong, but it seems kind of sleazy on a site about video games.

So much Kaceytron on there... I've got a friend that claim's she's bestTrollNA

Laggyteabag:

roseofbattle:
The rules of conduct stipulate "wearing no clothing or sexually suggestive clothing - including lingerie, swimsuits, pasties, and undergarments - is prohibited"

image
WHAT DID THE CORNISH EVER DO TO YOU, TWITCH?!

I think adhesive nipple covers would have been less tactful. Lol.

mad825:

Fappy:

mad825:

-1
A loop hole if I've ever seen one seeing as the existence of cleavages is not mentioned at all.

I think they're considering male and female torso nudity to be equivalent, so if you banned tank tops on women you'd have to do the same for men.

I think it's the only fair way to do this.

But you don't need to ban this either way, just an a exception like "but if in a prerogative manner then no" or "only if in a non-sexual manner".

It doesn't need to be a binary state.

UGH. Sorry I completely disagree with you on this. Women have breasts, it is great women have breasts. No women should not be forced to hide the fact they have breasts because you find their breasts offensive. It was bad enough some women have to tape their breasts down to participate in gymnastics but they should not also have to do so to stream on twitch.

Two women the same shirt size can wear the exact same tank top and on one woman it shows her cleavage on the other it does not. Why? Because they do not size our clothing by our cleavage. Some women just have larger breasts than others, that does not mean they are " wearing the top in a sexually suggestive manner" it means their breasts are larger. If you buy a larger shirt, they just make the holes larger so MORE of your breast shows rather than less.

Say these two girls are streaming a star wars game wearing star wars tank tops:



Are either one of these more sexually suggestive simply because they have different figure shapes? Women come in all shapes and sizes and to determine that one is more sexually suggestive than another simply because of her physique, having a more defined waist or larger breasts is extremely sexist. Women should not be forced to hide the fact they have breasts, to suggest such is absurd.

ALSO, why would it be not okay for a woman to show cleavage but it would be okay for a game to? YIKES? you want to restrict ACTUAL women more than in game women? ;s Please elaborate because that comes across as very strange.

Honestly I dont care, if they want to take advantage of people that somehow know how to use the internet but cant seem to be able to find a porn site then good for them.

Weaver:
Here is the list of the top videos on Twitch this week.
http://www.twitch.tv/directory/videos/week

Egad...I don't usually watch Twitch as my connection isn't strong enough for streams, but that is a concerning issue.

inb4 it becomes a women equality thing again...god damn it Ninja'd

Oh no, does this mean no shirtless Boogie. LOL!

Kaimax:

Weaver:
Here is the list of the top videos on Twitch this week.
http://www.twitch.tv/directory/videos/week

Egad...I don't usually watch Twitch as my connection isn't strong enough for streams, but that is a concerning issue.

inb4 it becomes a women equality thing again...god damn it Ninja'd

Is it concerning that busty women are reviewing the games or that more guys are choosing to watch those videos over others? Busty women and cosplay girls are fine to review games, and I see no problem with what they are doing. Guys can wear tank tops and costumes as well. The concern seems to be that more viewers are choosing these videos over the others. Maybe you should address the guys who choose these videos over others rather than trying to restrict the women making them to adhere to standards that are not equally applied to both genders.

It's the Kacyetron code coming into effect. Then again, she only wears really low cut shirts AFAIK so even she won't be affected. If that's the case, this is a solution without a problem.

Because damning sexuality in general is sure to encourage good content RIT GAIZ!? I see the logic behind this, they want to have a "purity" in enjoying games, they don't want to be like those random chat boards that ended up being a bunch of sexually desperate people, but this strikes me as pretty draconian, and I do question whether a website can thrive under those draconian rules. I'm a very sex-positive person, so I have to oppose this prudishness on principle, but at the same time, I can see that they're just trying to foster a sense of respectability towards games, and I can understand and respect the intention, even if I think their actions are misguided.

People watch some streams just because a girl with an enormous cleavage is playing?

... Do people who just want to see boobs know that pornsites exist?

roseofbattle:
Twitch's reason for instituting this rule is to keep content "about the games." A rule at the end of the list also states channels' primary focus should be about games.

Hmm. If this is their attitude, I'm concerned about Video Games Awesome (as if the idiotic accusations that they were ripping off Twitch a year in advance by calling their paid subscribers "Turbos" wasn't bad enough). The fact that the actual game is an inset that takes up less than half the screen by area, combined with their habit of cosplaying in nearly every episode, could be taken as signs that they're putting too little focus on the games. Sure, they might not run afoul of any explicit rules right now, but who knows how things might go further down the line.

Fappy:
a lot of people mod in nudity for games like Skyrim for immersion, not to wank to

[citation needed]

While I understand their reason (I've seen the debate on a Dutch newssite this morning, and AFAIK, someone brought up the good point that it should be that your own picture is the minor one, not your own pic being the big one or half-half or so. It should be about the game with some info regarding the streamer, not vica-versa.

My first thought about this "shirtless" was less women, but how will we watch the speedgaming marathons (AGDQ, SGDQ,...) without a topless Trihex???

roseofbattle:
"wearing... sexually suggestive clothing - including... undergarments - is prohibited"

So, commando only?

on one hand, having your streamers use sleazy tactics harms your reputation as a brand, and puts other streamers at an unfair disadvantage and may turn away an otherwise interested audience.

on the other hand,

these rules will probably only serve to restrict the content providers while giving fewer benefits than it is worth, besides, isn't there a place for sexy game streams? what about the people who like those?

So this is a thing. People, if you want to see other (semi-)naked people just like yourselves online or strip down and show off yourself, there are things like tumblr's seedy underbelly, chatroulette, legitimate pron sites or you possibly your own cell phone. Quit ruining things just to get views or to be weird.

They could have been more specific on some of those things, though. I'd bet there are plenty of girl's swimsuits that cover more torso than what can be called a tank top. Also, what if someone is wearing short shorts and it's hard to tell if the are, will they be flagged? Maybe they could have example pics of acceptable clothing, because we know there will be issues in the near future.

Grumman:

roseofbattle:
"wearing... sexually suggestive clothing - including... undergarments - is prohibited"

So, commando only?

Yes, if they find out you wore underwear underneath your t-shirt and jeans during your streams, you will be banned and a team will be dispatched to give you a wedgie.

Imper1um:
Well, that was fast, they already banned a top streamer.
http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/10/rooster-teeth-host-banned-twitch-following-crackdown-sexy/

She wasn't banned, she was told to change her picture.

I'm happy that they are getting rid of sleazy (not sexy) behavior on Twitch. Now it will be more about the games and less about perverted voyeurism. They need to go further, since the new rules don't get rid of cleavage whores snd shirtless man whores.

Kaceytron and "former" porn workers such as Jessie Rogers can move (back) to porn sites if they want to sell voyeurism of their bodies for money, and they clearly want to do just that. Twitch is about games.

briankoontz:
I'm happy that they are getting rid of sleazy (not sexy) behavior on Twitch. Now it will be more about the games and less about perverted voyeurism. They need to go further, since the new rules don't get rid of cleavage whores snd shirtless man whores.

Kaceytron and "former" porn workers such as Jessie Rogers can move (back) to porn sites if they want to sell voyeurism of their bodies for money, and they clearly want to do just that. Twitch is about games.

I thought this in the OP:
"is prohibited, as well as any full nude torsos, which applies to both male and female broadcasters." would include shirtless men.

I disagree about singling out busty women and censoring their cleavage. If you are concerned about the popularity of their videos by the number of views they receive vs other commentators, feel free to address the issue among those choosing their videos rather than trying to "cover teh womenz." Being busty is not something they should be singled out and punished for.

It Is like saying this is okay:


but this is not:

When the only problem is the size of her breasts. Both women are wearing sweaters that are made for their size. If the busty blonde were to get a larger sweater, it would just have a bigger neck hole and show more of her breasts, not less due to how they make women's clothing. You would be unfairly singling them out only for their breast size.

Sounds like a gap in the market just opened up.
I give it 2 months before an adult video game streaming site pops up.

I wasn't even aware that this was a thing. Streaming is for games, people. If you want to see flesh there's always the rest of the internet.

Laggyteabag:

roseofbattle:
The rules of conduct stipulate "wearing no clothing or sexually suggestive clothing - including lingerie, swimsuits, pasties, and undergarments - is prohibited"

image
WHAT DID THE CORNISH EVER DO TO YOU, TWITCH?!

Made me laugh.

Johnisback:
Sounds like a gap in the market just opened up.
I give it 2 months before an adult video game streaming site pops up.

As a matter of fact, I believe there already is. (No kidding)
Read about it... hm, a year ago or so? Not sure where. Could already have gone bankrupt by now.

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