In the wave of reviews of guidelines by social media platforms, Amazon subsidiary and world’s leading live streaming platform Twitch has released a more detailed nudity and attire guideline and have set a deadline of May 1st for creators to take down older content that violates the new rules.
The new, specific standard for coverage “reduces the policy’s reliance on an assumed single definition of contextually acceptable. Twitch added that “This new standard better translates across global contexts and will help improve enforcement consistence,”
When Twitch unveiled its new community guidelines around sexual material last year, the rules around attire were very vague. That resulted in streamers, including ExoHydraX, body painting streamer Forkgirl receiving bans for what so many considered to be inconsistently applied rules.
While Twitch banned streamers for wearing suggestive clothing, it never really said what it considered to be “suggestive.” Rather, the guidelines just stated that “we recommend creators wear attire that would be publicly appropriate for the context, location, and activity,” while adding that “attire intended to be sexually suggestive” wasn’t allowed.
This new “nudity and attire” guidelines clarify more precisely what is allowed in streams.
Now, the rules are “based on a standard level of coverage,” Twitch wrote. You can’t broadcast nude or partially nude, and “must cover the area extending from your hips to the bottom of your pelvis and buttocks.” Those presenting as women must cover their nipples and can’t expose the underside of their breasts. However, “cleavage is unrestricted as long as these requirements are met.” Swimsuits, breastfeeding and body-painting are also allowed, provided that genitals and nipples (for women) aren’t visible.
The policy goes into effect immediately with no grace period for new streams. Also, Twitch won’t re-evaluate past suspensions for things that are now allowed (like cleavage), even though the older rules were unclear.