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Twitch Addresses Deepfake Pornography Controversy, Updated Guidelines Say It’s Grounds For Instant Ban

Twitch Addresses Deepfake Pornography Controversy, Updated Guidelines Say It’s Grounds For Instant Ban

Twitch Addresses Deepfake Pornography Controversy, Updated Guidelines Say It's Grounds For Instant Ban

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Twitch is taking a strong stance against deepfake pornography. In a blog post, the live-streaming website said “non-consensual synthetic exploitative images” (NCEI) will no longer be tolerated on the platform. Twitch has updated its Adult Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Policy, making it clear that intentionally creating, sharing, or promoting non-consensual deepfake pornography may result in a first-offense ban. Even if the image/videos are shown briefly/unintentionally – whether the streamer tries to express disapproval or criticize its existence, it will also be sanctioned. The new rules are expected to come into effect from next month.

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The update comes following an incident in late January, where a well-known partner Twitch streamer, Atrioc, briefly tampered with the stream, exposing a browser tab where he was browsing deepfakes of fellow streamers. Naturally, this led to outrage, following which Atrioc resumed apologizing and claiming that he learned of the website’s existence through an advertisement, and went further in the process. rabbit hole out of “morbid curiosity”. It bears mentioning again that none of the women on the website have consented to the sharing of these images. It’s unclear if Twitch took action against Atrioc at the time, but these updated guidelines provide deeper clarity on penalties going forward.

As previously stated, Twitch will refer to these images as Non-Consensus Synthetic Exploitation Images or Synthetic NCEI for short. The society believes that calling it pornography is inappropriate and that a stark distinction must be made since pornography would involve consensual acts performed by consenting participants. Synthetic NCEI has already been banned by Twitch, as of Tuesday, and going forward, the platform has consulted with security experts, including Cyber ​​Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) Vice President Danielle Keats Citron. Meanwhile, all manner of pornography has long been grounds for suspension on Twitch.

  1. We are updating our Adult Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Policy to clarify that intentionally promoting, creating, or sharing a synthetic NCEI may result in indefinite suspension on the first offense.
  1. We are updating our adult nudity policy to include Synthetic NCEI. Even if this NCEI is shown only briefly, or, for example, shown to express your outrage or disapproval of the content, it will be removed and result in an application.

“By learning from experts with years of experience, we can draw on best industry standards and practices when deciding how to protect our community. Their insights have been essential in helping us organize an upcoming Creator Camp session,” the Twitch blog post states. The workshop will be hosted live by Revenge Porn Helpline and Twitch streamer Zara Ward on March 14. “She will be joined by a member of our security team to explain how and why synthetic NCEI is harmful, how to spot it, what to do if you find it, and how to protect yourself online,” the blog post adds.

Twitch says it will continue to monitor this behavior to ensure its policies remain relevant and updated to impose penalties on violators. That said, it’s worth noting that the company held out for an entire month before issuing a statement on the deepfake porn situation — almost like it was waiting for Women’s History Month to knock on the door.


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