Twitch banned a channel that a couple used to stream video of themselves drinking and undressing in the PS4 game The Playroom.
Launching with the PS4 was the ability to host livestreams and easily share live footage of a videogame with others. Twitch, one of the livestreaming platforms, is moderating the user feeds with the Live from PlayStation PS4 integration, and has restated its strict user policy, stating that “non-gaming content is not allowed.”
FYI: We continue to moderate according to our Terms of Service. Non-gaming content is not allowed. 1/2— Twitch Support (@TwitchTVSupport) November 24, 2013
Non-gaming content (c): If using PS4 Playroom, the content must be about games or gaming and within our ToS. Thanks for understanding. 2/2— Twitch Support (@TwitchTVSupport) November 24, 2013
Some PS4 users have used Twitch in conjunction with the PS4 game The Playroom, which uses the DualShock 4 controller and PlayStation Camera to create an augmented reality experience. Twitch banned one channel for streaming content from The Playroom in which a couple allegedly drank to unconsciousness. Later in the stream, the man lifted the woman’s shirt. After a brief blackout, the broadcast resumed, and the woman was naked.
A Twitch spokesperson issued the following statement to Kotaku:
Twitch has a very strict terms of service policy which is outlined here. We are very vigilant about removing content that breaks the TOS guidelines and depending on the severity of the violation we will either ban or suspend accounts. In addition to our own efforts, the Twitch community is unique in that it likes to flag content they suspect or know is a breach of our TOS. Like any social network from YouTube to Facebook, there will always be a very small minority of users who attempt to circumvent the rules. As such, our advice is to report it right away and our staff will be quick to act on it if they haven’t already. In terms of privacy settings, those are up are to the respective devices.
If abuses continue to occur, Sony and Twitch could potentially limit livestreaming or remove Playroom, similar to how Nintendo took down Swapnote on the 3DS due to people using it inappropriately.