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Twitch Stream Manages To Play Adult Content For Over An Hour For 24k Viewers

Last night, a french streamer by the name of StemiCS streamed an adult film on Twitch for over an hour before it was removed. The stream, which was categorized as an IRL channel, had so many viewers at one point it nearly passed XQC as the most watched IRL channel on twitch.

Twitch has had major issues moderating NSFW content on the platform lately: from over-moderating, like the recent HeatheredEffect breastfeeding clip that was taken down shortly before the Twitch TOS was amended to allow breastfeeding on stream, to way under-moderating, as was the case in the infamous Artifact take-over earlier this year.

The StemiCS stream last night ran for a half hour before viewers started to notice it. A now deleted Reddit post about the stream was full of commenters who claimed to have watched it for an 1:15 before it was taken down. Even with 23,600 viewers and clearly visible from the front page of IRL, the stream wasn't dealt within a timely fashion.

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Twitch's report function, which is clickable on any stream, is meant to flag content that breaks Twitch's community guidelines so that a moderator can remove it and punish the offender. Unfortunately, there are very few examples of this happening quickly. Whether under-staffing, poor scheduling, or incompetence are to blame is unknown, we've reached out to Twitch for comment on this story and will include an update if they respond.

Back in May, the deserted category for Valve's Artifact became a wasteland of copy-right infringing re-streams and pornography. At one point someone streamed highly disturbing footage from the Christchurch Massacre in New Zealand. While Twitch was actively removing channels and banning accounts, the number of channels streaming NSFW and illegal content seemed to continue to grow.

Part of the issue is that Twitch accounts are free and new accounts can start streaming immediately. To help slow down these streams, Twitch was forced to institute a temporary ban on streaming from new accounts, but this was a less than ideal solution to a persistent problem.

Anyone can do what StemiCS did last night, and if Twitch isn't going to even bother to take it down for over an hour, it doesn't seem like it's something that is going to stop. It seems like something a simple content filter would be able to catch and auto-remove, and it's surprising why Twitch doesn't yet have something like this in place.

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