Twitch promises “safer environment” in wake of sexual harassment allegations

Twitch has posted a public statement addressing the state of the platform after a week in which many streaming partners have faced accusations of sexual misconduct. Moreover, Twitch and its CEO, Emmett Shear, have been accused of ignoring those who’ve previously reported sexual harassment and abuse.

“We want to provide an update on our investigations into the recent allegations of sexual abuse and harassment involving Twitch streamers and actions we’re taking,” the statement begins.

“We are reviewing each case that has come to light as quickly as possible, while ensuring appropriate due diligence as we assess these serious allegations. We’ve prioritized the most severe cases and will begin issuing permanent suspensions in line with our findings immediately. In many of the cases, the alleged incident took place off Twitch, and we need more information to make a determination.

“In some cases we will need to report the case to the proper authorities who are better placed to conduct a more thorough investigation. For those who’ve come forward and would like to share additional information, and to anyone who hasn’t shared their experience and wants to do so, you can report confidentially through the reporting tools on each streamer’s channel page.”

Twitch has also promised to make the platform “a safer environment with more tools to combat harassment and hate,” and plans to review policies and improve AutoMods and filters.

Local Twitch streamer Brad ‘BlessRNG’ Jolly was named as an alleged abuser; today, his Twitch page is inaccessible and reporter Rod Breslau has confirmed his titlular emote is also unavailable (thanks, Andrew!).

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