Starting next week, Twitch is adding more than 350 new community tags to its streaming platform related to gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, skills, mental health, and other categories a blog post Friday.
The list of new tags includes Transgender, Black, Disabled, Veteran and Vtuber, among others, Twitch said. In addition, references to “allies” in the LGBTQIA + tag have been removed in favor of a separate allies tag. In his blog post, Twitch thanked his trans community for being so committed to a special transgender day:
“This was one of the most popular requests we’ve heard and the simple truth is that we should have done this sooner.”
Jerky tags are the categories streamers use to make them more recognizable on the web increasingly crowded platform. When Twitch removed the ability to create custom, user-generated communities and switched to pre-selected tags in 2018, the new system asked Outcry as it noticeably skipped tags for several marginalized communities.
Additionally, Twitch has put all queer creators and content under a broader LGBTQIA + tag, which critics said made it difficult to find Transgender streamers. Many streamers are asking Twitch to incorporate new opportunities for groups that are not in their categories in order to increase their visibility since then.
Well, it took a couple of years, but Twitch was finally listening.
“When we launched Tags in 2018, we did this to fuel discovery, help creators describe their content, and help viewers find streams they are interested in,” the company said on Friday. “We purposely designed this system so that developers could describe what they were streaming, not who they were or what they stood for. We have maintained this distinction ever since, and we have been mistaken. “
It added that the Twitch community “is incredibly diverse and the tags available to developers should reflect and celebrate that.”
With these new tags, of course, comes the risk of bad actors arming them with weapons to harass the very same creators who are supposed to put them in the spotlight. In the face of this threat, Twitch preemptively warned that anyone using these tags for targeted harassment will be exposed to it Policy of Hateful Conduct and Harassmentwhich could lead to suspension.
For more information on the new tags, Twitch is hosting a livestream his channel on May 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET to answer questions from the community.
This message follows Twitch’s announcement of a dedicated category for so-called whirlpool streamers. A growing trend on Twitch over the past few months is for streamers, as the name suggests, to simply hang out in a hot tub or other body of water and chat with the audience (according to Twitch rules, streamers in swimwear can only be allowed to swim before the Camera appear when this is “contextually appropriate”).
Cue the outrage from (mostly) men who accuse the (mostly) female streamers of somehow taking advantage of a loophole to use their female ruse to get views. In response, Twitch dispersed the controversy in Friday a blog post This includes my previous favorite official statement from a technology company: “Being found sexy by others is not against our rules.”