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In a big surge of attacks on LGBTQIA+ streamers on Twitch, hate raids have returned

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In a big surge of attacks on LGBTQIA+ streamers on Twitch, hate raids have returned
In a big surge of attacks on LGBTQIA+ streamers on Twitch, hate raids have returned

In a big surge of attacks on LGBTQIA+ streamers on Twitch, hate raids have returned – Twitch hate raids have resurfaced, this time targeting the platform’s LGBTQIA+ streamers in a wave of attacks. Twitch was chastised by its developers in August 2021, who urged a tougher response to the continued hate raid abuse. It immediately became the #TwitchDoBetter movement, which was followed by #ADayOffTwitch less than a month later.

In September 2021, Twitch announced phone verification, their first feature aimed at combating bot accounts used in hate raids. They’ve returned to the platform, this time with an emphasis on LGBTQIA+ producers – but this time, the streamers have already discovered the source. Here’s what we know thus far, as well as some suggestions for how to deal with it.

In a big surge of attacks on LGBTQIA+ streamers on Twitch, hate raids have returned

Twitch streamers began moving to Twitter on March 10 to discuss the hate campaign targeting creators who use the LGBTQIA+ tag. They allegedly blasted hostile words in another creator’s chat, attempted to spam similar messages in their Discord, and streamed the entire event on another site called CozyTV, according to ‘EarthtoBre.’

Blizzb3ar, a popular Twitch streamer, was also targeted by the harassment, getting a hate raid during a sponsored stream.

One of the many people who helped identify that the source of the harassment is a streamer named UX on the alternative streaming platform CozyTV is Twitter user ‘xProvexx.’

“There is an alt-right website called CozyTV that is streaming hate raids on Twitch,” they added. If they try to raid, have a plan in place – they’re now targeting women and LGBTQ+ creators.” Prove provided a list of users that producers can block on their channel to avoid harassment in their second tweet.

Nick Fuentes, the CEO of CozyTV, issued a statement on March 11, 2022, in response to targeted harassment on his feed. While laughing at those impacted, he described the Twitch developers’ panic as “wonderful.”

In a big surge of attacks on LGBTQIA+ streamers on Twitch, hate raids have returned

During the hate raids in August, the author of Sery Bot assisted in providing additional protection to vulnerable content creators.

He wrote a reply on Twitter shortly after receiving hundreds of tags on the latest wave of hate raids. Yes, I’m very aware of what happened today. Yes, my bot may help. It’s a deterrent, but these are not bot accounts. My bot isn’t perfect but any protection is good.”

There is a list of resources for creators that may be useful in fending off the current wave of attacks, some of which come directly from Twitch:

  • Verification via phone and email
  • Setting the minimum age for an account to be able to talk in Emote only mode.
  • Having a good mod crew on hand to remove harassment is essential       

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