Twitch’s new boost feature puts porn on the homepage

Twitch has suspended its Boost Train feature, which launched last month and made people pay to promote streams, after porn landed on users’ homepages labeled “promoted by the streamer community” on the NSFW thumbnails (through Kotaku

Multiple Twitter and Reddit users (NSFW links by the way) shared screenshots of pornographic thumbnails that appeared at the front of their “Live Channels We Think You’ll Like”. The thumbnails indicate that the streams appeared there thanks to an experimental feature that Twitch first announced last year. The feature has changed since it was first introduced, but the basic concept remains the same: users can spend money to get a stream in front of people’s eyes. In this case it was just satisfied not allowed on Twitch

Unless the Twitch users promoting the streams were explicitly trying to disable the feature or get the creator in trouble, it would be hard to call it money well spent – ​​three accounts are featured in the most popular porn screenshots that appears on users’ homepages, and they have all been suspended for violating Twitch’s Community Guidelines. (as Zach Bussey) points outlink again NSFW, the amplified streams could also just be old fashioned trolling.)

Twitch has “decided to pause Boost Train due to a number of security concerns that emerged during the experiment,” Twitch’s head of communications Sam Faught said in an emailed statement to The edge. He added that Twitch will “share additional updates with our community about new features to improve discoverability, as available.”

While Twitch won’t come out right away and say the experiment was paused because of the reports, it seems likely it played a part in the decision. Twitch’s rules forbid “Nudity and Sexually Explicit Content or Activities,” and the thumbnails contain…well, basically everything. We’ve also seen how unwanted attention can harm marginalized streamers, which could also have been a concern if the feature continued. Kotaku asked if the feature would return or be changed, but Twitch reportedly only replied with a reiteration that it was on hiatus for now.


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