Twitch is still trying to tackle one of the main problems on the platform today: the escalation of abuse, harassment and raids of hatred against minority groups. Following a strike led by North American content creators, Amazon’s streaming service has sued two users for his participation in hate raids.
As Wired has collected, Twitch has filed a lawsuit against two users who have been part of hate raids for “targeting color and LGBTQIA + streamers with racist, homophobic, sexist and other harassment content,” which is against the platform’s terms of service. Twitch hopes this serve as a lesson and to prevent attacks from being replicated elsewhere.
“We hope that this complaint shed light on identity of the people behind these attacks and the tools they use, and that the dissuade to carry similar behaviors to other services, and to help put an end to these vile attacks against members of our community, “said a Twitch spokesperson in a statement to the aforementioned medium.
These (and other) users they use bots to get into the creator’s direct to harass him through hurtful messages. The platform has been ensuring for some time that it works to improve its systems to prevent these attacks, but even programs like Streamlabs have already taken action, while Twitch users wait for a forceful gesture.
Users, located in Europe
This lawsuit has been filed in California and Twitch has only identified these users by their names on the platform, “Cruzzcontrol” and “CreatineOverdose”. According to Amazon, these users are located in Holland and Austria, respectively, and have repeatedly managed to evade imposed bans because they have multiple accounts. Twitch claims, for example, that “Cruzzcontrol” is responsible for 3,000 bots in recent attacks.