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Twitch No Longer Cool With Streamers Taking Their Clothes Off

An updated set of rules tries to clamp down on the service's racier content.

Companies often update its rules and regulations in response to what its users are doing, and Twitch is no exception. The service is still growing. Some of Twitch's recent changes, however, are pretty humorous, including an explicit ban on self-destructive behavior, sexually explicit content, and dressing appropriately.

There are other changes, but here's the ones I'm alluding to:

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This is an aside, but I love how Twitch wrote its updated ruleset for users. The reason people often skip over this junk is because it's crafted to cover someone's legal ass, rather than providing the user with a clear and concise explanation of what's being said. Legalese exists to protect companies, not users.

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So no shirtless Spookin' with Scoops anytime soon?

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There goes my plan for doing livestreams of Crusader Kings II while featuring me, a pasty white fat nerd does a striptease. And it was bound to make me millions, damn you Twitch.

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Was this a thing? I don't use Twitch that much but I don't recall seeing much in the way of exhibitionists.

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Unfortunately I don't think this addresses of female streamers who wear low cut shirts and purposely angle the camera in a way that is provocative, but it's a decent step forward. R.I.P Vman though. :(

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I think you meant "dressing INappropriately". Why would they ban appropriate dress?

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Twitch.com: NO LONGER SEXY.

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You should see rulesets crafted to cover people's illegal asses. Turns out black market asses are pretty well internally regulated.

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This was a long time coming, unfortunately or not. Whether you want to pick up on it as a gendered issue with guys having their shirts off because it's hot with women not allowed the same is up to you.

There won't be any more shirtless Wagamama, H4nn1 or RTZ streams which is a bummer because the chat going nuts and jokingly making a big deal over it was a bunch of fun. But I guess its fine they made it equal.

Some folks might already be familiar with the stuff people were doing for subscribers which I don't think I can/should link here as GB is pretty strict with the sexual content but you can imagine how folks will try to push the already existing boundaries especially if it gets them paying subscribers.

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Sorry, I think it's kind of dumb. It's seems wired to me that I wouldn't be allowed to sit with out my shirt on, playing video games. I'm not forcing anybody to watch me. Is this an american thing?

Also, does this means that Greg Miller wont be on another E3 show?

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This seems like a rather naive approach to the probkem, but it's their service so whatever.

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I actually think this is written really badly and unprofessionally. These are terms of service, not a chat with your bros. Also twitch seems quite prudish with some of this.

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So Twitch is exclusively about games now then?

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" because it's crafted to cover someone's legal ass, rather than your own gamebutt "

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dam now where all californibros and shirtless rednecks go to stream? this golden opportunity to corner shirtless market for someone lol

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but how will I achieve MAXCPM so easily now!?!?!?!?!?

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@kdrudy: No, these are terms of service. Talk about being prudish.

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dam now where all californibros and shirtless rednecks go to stream? this golden opportunity to corner shirtless market for someone lol

Que an influx of streamers to adult webcam sites.

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Goddamn it, Alexis

EDIT: Did they really say Grills in that piece. I'm just tripping right?

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@kdrudy said:

I actually think this is written really badly and unprofessionally. These are terms of service, not a chat with your bros. Also twitch seems quite prudish with some of this.

It's written in a way actual human beings speak in. If that's unprofessional then fuck being professional. Legalese is exists to make you zone out & just sign without paying attention unless you are a Lawyer Monster.

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I didn't even know there was nudity to be had. What the hell have I been doing just watching Dota and Hearthstone streams all this time?

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Lowtax of SA fame explained it best ""HUGE difference between an image of the women of DoA:Xtreme wearing a swimsuit and an image of an ACTUAL FEMALE wearing one" - twitch ceo"

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Does streaming for 24 hours fall under self destructive behavior?

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@sunbrozak said:

Does streaming for 24 hours fall under self destructive behavior?

I don't see why it wouldn't. One is doing physical and mental harm to oneself when staying up 24 hours. With that being said it would be stupid of twitch to ban people for doing something for charity.

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Poor Trihex.

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*finally listens to his wife* and puts the top on the grill.

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Self destructive behavior eh?

So no more nugget challenges?

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Alexis joins Twitch and suddenly they're not cool with nudity and drinking excessively? Join the dots, sheeple!

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That kind of fake "chummy" dialogue is grating.

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@maxopower: Look at it from a corporate liability point of view rather than a personal rights thing. It's really, really expensive to handle a case where an underaged individual shares explicit content through a public forum you operate.

Amazon is simply being risk- and cost-averse here. Denying all boobs is cheaper than doing an age check and having different rules. It's probably not worth their while to create the infrastructure necessary to ensure the proper legal protections are in place to allow sexually explicit content.

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Um, "grills"? Seriously?

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does playing SSB with Shirtless Shulk count?

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Best of luck, Alexis!

Kappa

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Was this a thing? I don't use Twitch that much but I don't recall seeing much in the way of exhibitionists.

You would be surprised...

To be fair, it's not like it was an "epidemic" or anything, but you could certainly browse Twitch from time to time and see a handful of shirtless dudes or girls in outfits that barely qualify as clothing writing the names of her donators/subscribers on thier boobs because video games, yo.

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Oh, come on, Alexis! That was half the reason I watched!

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Well, twitch is done now.

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I guess I was really missing out. Oh well, forever naive...

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*slaps belly*

All you kids are missing out on these goods now.

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So...no more shirtless Greg Miller?

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You mean I can't just sit around donating to girls with super low cut tops whose cam takes up 80% of the screen anymore?

I thought this was america?

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Was this a thing? I don't use Twitch that much but I don't recall seeing much in the way of exhibitionists.

Using 'sex appeal' to farm donations has been a thing for a while.

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So users are no longer allowed to wear underwear...hmm...

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Well, that's unfortunate.

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This makes me very, very sad.

Drinking games and shirtless shenanigans (male) were two very important parts of some of my favourite streamers.

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Man, Greg Miller is gonna be pissed.

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So Giant Bomb is banned during E3 streams?