Twitch is overhauling its policies against hateful conduct and harassment as it tries to make its live streaming platform more hospitable to women, minority groups, and LGBTQIA+ users.
The new policies, which will apply to all content created on or after January 22, 2021, include recognition of the Confederate flag as a hate symbol and suspension for anyone who makes sexually objectifying statements or sex-based insults, even for a first offense.
In a blog post, Twitch said the new policies are a result of a “months-long process” of research and consultation with industry experts and its community.
“We know that many people on Twitch—particularly women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, Black, Indigenous, and people of color—unfortunately continue to experience a disproportionate amount of harassment and abuse online, including on our service,” the blog post reads. “Not only is this blatantly unacceptable, it also undermines the community we’re building on Twitch and…