Twitch is bringing more restrictions in its username policy, Check details- According to Twitch, all usernames on the site will be held under new scrutiny starting March 1, 2022. This news comes just a few days after streamer Doaenel was banned indefinitely from the site for his username. Nonetheless, he claimed he had not violated any of the guidelines in his username.
This cant be real. pic.twitter.com/J3hgDFFMRk
— Dantes (@doaenel) February 6, 2022
Twitch announced the upcoming policy change with a tweet posted today, providing the link to their updated guidelines.
We updated our Username Policy to help curb harassment and make Twitch a more welcoming place.
— Twitch (@Twitch) February 10, 2022
Twitch is bringing more restrictions in its username policy, Check details
As per their revised guidelines, there are a few reasons for their stricter approach to usernames.
“In order to ensure that our community is safe and inclusive, inappropriate account names that violate our Community Guidelines are prohibited. We also recognize that an account’s username has more impact across our services than many other forms of content because they are persistent, cross-functional, and, in most cases, much more visible. Because of this, we have additional, higher standards for usernames based on reducing harm across our services.”
Additionally, they declare that certain usernames could be banned from their site indefinitely.
“Indefinite suspensions are issued for usernames and display names that constitute clear violations of our standard Community Guidelines, or that are typically representative of malicious and bad-faith behavior.”
According to their definition, ‘bad faith behavior’ includes hateful slurs, references to terrorism, and names that could be deemed sexually explicit. As a result, they will be implementing a “username reset” for names that aren’t as serious, in which a user will be forced to change their display name before they can use the site again.
“Username and display name resets force you to change your name but do not result in your account being suspended. If your username is reset through enforcement action, you will receive an email notification asking you to choose a new username and/or display name. Until you follow these steps and rename your account, you will be unable to access your account on Twitch. Once you have renamed your account, you will be able to use Twitch as normal, and your account history (aside from the offending username) will be preserved.”
It appears that the new changes to the username policies are a little irritating to many users on the site, but it may also encourage other sites to follow suit in order to maintain a safer brand image.