Twitch’s new Boost feature brings porn to the homepage

Twitch paused its Boost Train feature, which launched last month and allowed people to pay to promote streams, after porn on users’ homepages was labeled “sponsored by the streamer community” on the NSFW -Thumbnails had landed (above kotaku).

Several Twitter and Reddit user (NSFW links, by the way) shared screenshots of pornographic thumbnails that appeared at the front of their “Live Channels We Think You’ll Like” sections. The thumbnails indicate that the streams got there thanks to an experimental feature of Twitch first announced last year. The feature has changed since its inception, 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 contentment not allowed on Twitch.

If the Twitch users promoting the streams didn’t explicitly try to shut down the feature or get the creator in trouble, it would be hard to call money well spent – three accounts have been featured in the most popular porn screenshots on users’ homepages, and they’ve all been banned for violating Twitch’s Community Guidelines. (As Zach Bussey mention, thatLink NSFW again, the boosted streams might just have been old-fashioned trolling.)

Twitch has “decided to pause Boost Train due to some safety concerns that arose during the experiment,” Twitch chief communications officer Sam Faught said in a statement emailed to The edge. He added that Twitch will “share additional updates on new features with our community to improve discoverability when available.”

While Twitch isn’t directly saying the experiment was paused because of the reports, it seems likely it played a role in the decision. Twitch’s rules prohibit “nudity and sexually explicit content or activity,” and the thumbnails they contain… well, basically all of that. We’ve seen how, too unwanted attention can hurt marginalized streamerswhich would also have been a problem if the feature had lived on. kotaku asked if the feature would return or be changed, but Twitch reportedly just responded with a reiteration that it was on pause for now.

https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/2/23007107/twitch-boost-train-porn-featured-recommended-channels-pause Twitch’s new Boost feature brings porn to the homepage

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