Twitch once again takes a swing at its community standards. And it does so with a topic that until now had been especially controversial on the platform: adult content. The streaming company has changed the rules and opened further scenarios in which adult-related content is allowed when streaming: it will allow streaming whose content was, until now, totally prohibited, as long as it has the corresponding label.
And what type of adult content will Twitch allow to broadcast from now on? Well, a wide range that most streaming platforms not only do not allow, but expressly prohibit it.
It is an interesting change to the platform, but keep in mind that, although part of the restrictions have been released, this does notor opens the door to allowing, for the moment, sexual or sexual games. Nor content that includes sexual violence of any kind (neither fictional nor simulated) or pornography. These are still completely prohibited.
Twitch’s relaxed rules for adult content
From now on, the following adult content is allowed, as long as it is correctly labeled:
- Content that “deliberately highlighted the breasts, buttocks, or pelvic region,” even when fully clothed.
- Fully exposed fictional women (drawn, animated or sculpted) featuring breasts and/or genitals or buttocks regardless of gender. The company says there is a thriving community of artists on Twitch and this policy was too punitive for them.
- Body writing on female-presenting breasts and/or buttocks regardless of gender. Twitch’s Clothing Policy already allows body art on the breasts and buttocks, so this change makes these policies consistent.
- Erotic dances that involve undressing or undressing gestures, such as striptease.
Besides, dances such as twerking, grinding and pole dancing are allowed, these without label. In this regard, the platform will now take the context into consideration and only prohibit streaming within an adult entertainment establishment.
Of course, all the removed bans do not apply to Twitch’s dress code, which remains in force: It is still prohibited for streamers to be totally or partially naked, which includes exposing the genitals or buttocks. They also do not allow the visible outline of the genitals, even when covered. And logically, the broadcast of naked or partially naked minors is prohibited, regardless of the context.
The reasons why Twitch wanted to completely change its policy are not clear, since the company limits itself to mentioning that they have received “feedback” from users, but it is too big a change with respect to the policies that, this same week, have resulted in the ban of a streamer.