Twitch has sued two users who are allegedly responsible for streamer hate raids. The Amazon-owned streaming platform has filed legal action against two users who are alleged to have at least partially contributed to the infamous “hate raids” plaguing its site. On Twitch, there have been many ‘hate raids’ since August 2021, when bots spam racist and hateful terms into streamer’s chats. Despite having banned many accounts at the end of the month, the company is now suing two users who posted some of the hate messages they believe were directed towards them.
A report indicates Twitch is suing the two for harassing Black and LGBTQIA+ streamers with racist, homophobic, sexist, and other content that violates the terms of service. As a Twitch spokesperson stated: “We hope this Complaint sheds light on the identity and tools that these individuals utilize to conduct their attacks, deters them from committing similar attacks on other sites, and helps put an end to these vile attacks against our members.”
Twitch has sued two users who are allegedly responsible for streamer hate raids
According to court documents filed on September 9, the two users have been identified as Cruzzcontrol and CreatineOverdose, and are both located in the Netherlands and Austria. Although Twitch claimed they had taken swift action by banning both main accounts of the users who complained, the suit alleges that they “evaded Twitch’s bans by creating new accounts and modifying their self-described ‘hate raid code’ to avoid detection. “
Twitch also states that the defendants may be part of an online “hate raiding community” that coordinates raids using Discord and Steam. As a result of the lawsuit, Cruzzcontrol and CreatineOverdose are claimed to be using multiple accounts on Twitch under different names, as well as thousands of bot accounts to spam streamers.